Vacation Rental Industry Events

2022 Vacation Rental Industry Events You Shouldn’t Miss

After a couple of years of uncertainty, cancellations and virtual gatherings, 2022 is brimming again full of vacation rental industry events you can’t miss. Conferences create a great learning environment where you can educate yourself on the most up-to-date technologies, develop new skills to maximize income, and connect with colleagues and industry leaders.

Expand your network and grow your business by attending one or more of the leading vacation rental events in 2022. Check out the list below to find any conferences that pique your interest!


2022 vacation rental events calendar:

ALP Conference & Marketplace

2022 ALP Conference & Marketplace

  • Date: February 5-9, 2022
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Considered the largest gathering in the independent lodging industry, the ALP (Association of Lodging Professionals) Conference & Marketplace is a place for rental property owners to get together, share ideas, and grow their businesses.

Why should you attend?

Besides being a great place to network, the ALP Conference stands out because of its marketplace. The event allows you to check out the latest products in the industry to improve your rental property. They also have multiple conference “tracks” you can choose from, including finance, marketing, operations, and technology sessions.

Whatever is you need support within your rental property businesses, the ALP Conference & Marketplace will be beneficial.

Tickets: $649-$1,099

Website: https://www.alplodging.org/event-4467221

ELEVATE Breezeway’s Property Management Summit

  • Date: March 9-10, 2022
  • Location: Online

This summit will be held virtually and features 25-minute sessions with a plethora of leaders in the rental property industry. The focus of this event will be operations, guest communication, and property care.

Why should you attend?

Last year’s summit had 40 panelists from all different sectors of the rental property industry; hence this event is the perfect place to hear tons of different perspectives. They prioritize maintaining an open dialogue, so you will also have a lot of opportunities to connect with other property managers and share ideas.

Tickets: Free registration

Website: https://www.breezeway.io/elevate

RECHARGE

  • Date: March 28-29, 2022
  • Location: Paris, France

RECHARGE 2022 is “curated with an intense focus on community, collaboration and debate.” They take a collaborative, forward-thinking approach to networking and business growth for rental property owners.

Why should you attend?

Don’t worry about sitting through long keynotes; this event is all about taking a modern approach, with all sessions being some type of conversation forum or workshop. All presentations are done in a PechaKucha format (meaning only 20 seconds per slide and a maximum of 20 slides). If you thrive in this kind of modern learning environment, RECHARGE is the perfect event for you to attend in 2022.

Tickets: £399 – £899 (+VAT)

Website: https://www.ihmrecharge.com

NWVRP (NorthWest Vacation Rental Professionals) Annual Conference

  • Date: April 3-5, 2022
  • Location: Seaside, Oregon

There is something for everyone in the rental property industry at this conference…not only property owners and managers. Your whole team can benefit from attending together.

Why should you attend?

Though they have not yet finalized the session topics, they mention that topics to be discussed will include “revenue management, forecasting for your business, how to engage your team, home-care, safety, housekeeping, and marketing.” Some speakers for the 2022 conference have already been confirmed including Justin Ford with Breezeway, Durk Johnson with Seabrook Hospitality, and Matt Landau, the founder of VRMB.com & Unlocked Podcast. It is shaping up to be a very engaging and informative conference!

Tickets: $250-$999

Website: https://www.nwvrp.org/attend-the-2022-conference

VRMA (Vacation Rental Management Association) Spring Forum

2022 VRMA Spring Forum

  • Date: April 11-12, 2022
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois

This forum includes a lot of interactive workshops and hands-on training to make it an engaging learning environment. With many scheduled networking sessions, the 2022 VRMA Spring Forum is a great opportunity to connect with other vacation rental professionals.

Why should you attend?

The VRMA Spring Forum attracts vacation rental professionals from all over the country. You will have the possibility to connect with fellow property managers, share ideas, and leave feeling inspired. You are encouraged to participate in discussions and ask questions to get the most out of the forum!

Tickets: $450-$1,100

Website: https://www.vrma.org/page/2022-spring-forum

The Shortyz

  • Date: May 18, 2022
  • Location: London, UK

Unlike the events above, this event is an awards ceremony as opposed to a conference/forum.

Why should you attend?

This event is such a fun change of pace if you’ve already attended a handful of conferences and are looking for something new. You can submit an entry online to The Shortyz for a chance to be recognized and rewarded for all of your hard work. The 2021 awards ceremony was all online but 2022 is scheduled to be a hybrid event with virtual and in-person elements. Visit their website to learn more about entry requirements and how to enter.

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://theshortyz.com

Short Stay Summit

  • Date: May 19, 2022
  • Location: London, UK

“Capitalizing on Growth” has been deemed the focus of this summit in 2022. The event is intended to help property managers and owners equip their businesses with the newest tools, technology, and skills to continue offering guests a top-notch travel experience.

Why should you attend?

The short-term rental property industry is growing quickly and the intention of this summit is to help you be as prepared as possible to keep up with and capitalize on that growth. Come and educate yourself on the skills necessary to be a leading vacation rental property manager in 2022 and beyond. The Title Sponsor of the event? Vrbo!

Tickets: £125-£225+VAT

Website: https://www.shortstaysummit.org

Scale Rentals

  • Date: May 26, 2022
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

This event is geared towards property managers with 50+ properties looking to scale their business.

Why should you attend?

The theme of Scale Rentals 2022 will be “property acquisition, profitability, owner relationships, environmental impact, and exit strategies.” This event is for you if you already manage 50+ properties and you want to scale your business further. You will have access to industry experts, interactive sessions, and incredible networking opportunities, all in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://scalerentals.show

Urban Living Festival

  • Date: July 6-7, 2022
  • Location: London, UK

This festival is meant to connect real estate ‘urbanites’ from across the globe to “collectively define the evolution of how and where we stay, live and work.”

Why should you attend?

Registration is not limited to just property managers and owners so it’s a great opportunity to network across industries. 2022 event speakers include Christina Kainz, Co-founder of Lively, Amy Frearson, Editor-at-large of Dezeed, Paul Stevens, Editor of Short Term Rentalz, and many more.

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://www.urbanlivingfestival.com

DARM Vacation Rental Data and Revenue Management Conference

DARM Vacation Rentals Conference

  • Date: August 9-10, 2022
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee

As indicated by the name, the focus of the event is on data and revenue management for rental property managers.

Why should you attend?

If one of your 2022 goals is to learn how to maximize the profitability of your properties, this is the best conference to attend. DARM offers 4 “tracks” including Data, Foundational Revenue Management, Advanced Revenue Management, and Distribution and Marketing. You will leave knowing how to analyze KPIs (key performance indicators), establish rate rules, optimize marketing and distribution channels, and much more.

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://vrdarm.com

Vacation Rental World Summit

  • Date: September 15-16, 2022
  • Location: Porto, Portugal

Starting in 2014, Vacation Rental World Summit has grown to be one of the largest events offered to vacation rental professionals. Session topics include how to increase bookings, streamline workflows, and maximize income.

Why should you attend?

One of the things that make this summit stand out from the rest are the Roundtables: 50-minute Help & Support Networking sessions. These allow you to connect with colleagues in a really unique and meaningful way that you won’t find anywhere else. The sessions are facilitated by industry leaders and followed up with resources. Vacation Rental World Summit has a track record of being held in beautiful European cities like Florence, Lake Como, and Barcelona.

Tickets: €247-€497

Website: https://vacationrentalworldsummit.com

VRM Xtravaganza

  • Date: September 19-21, 2022
  • Location: Orlando, Florida

VRM Xtravaganza is “where buyers and sellers meet for Vacation Rental Travel, Technology & Services.” It is geared towards vacation rental professionals with properties in Florida.

Why should you attend?

As the largest vacation rental conference in Florida, VRM Xtravaganza is an excellent place to expand your network. The event will feature keynote speakers, demonstrations, and an unforgettable marketplace for vocational rental professionals. Although the agenda and speakers are yet to be determined, the venue has already been chosen: it will be hosted at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Tickets: TBD

Website: http://www.vrmxtravaganza.com/home.html

VITUR Summit

  • Date: October 6-7, 2022
  • Location: Malaga, Spain

VITUR brings together industry leaders in Europe and has 50+ speakers/panelists lined up for the 2022 summit.

Why should you attend?

You can expect engaging presentations, ideas for rental property innovation, and lots of time for networking. They also host an impressive exhibition of booths to help you set your properties apart from the competition. As a vacation rental property manager in Europe, you can’t miss this event!

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://vitursummit.com

The Book Direct Show

  • Date: October 18-19, 2022
  • Location: Miami, Florida

The 2022 Book Direct Show will be a hybrid of in-person and video presentations. This is both a conference and awards ceremony.

Why should you attend?

On top of the conferences, panel discussions, and workshops, the Book Direct Show is also collaborating with The Destinationaire Awards to offer an awards ceremony hosted by Wil Slickers from Hospitality.FM. They will be recognizing property managers who deliver impeccable customer service and are supportive leaders to their teams. You can register on their website to be updated when more information is announced.

Tickets: TBD

Website: https://bookdirect.show

The Phocuswright Conference

Phocuswright Conference 2022

  • Date: November 14-17, 2022
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona

The Phocuswright Conference is tackling all the tough questions vacation rental property managers are faced with while operating a business through the pandemic. It’s a refreshingly direct approach to supporting property managers in overcoming these challenges.

Why should you attend?

With the conference spanning multiple days, you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your registration without feeling overwhelmed. Sessions are designed to make space for “smart insights and healthy debate” between colleagues and industry leaders. Past conference speakers have included Steve Hafner from Kayak, Duarte Moreira from Indie Campers, and Steve Kaufer from Tripadvisor.

Tickets: $3,199

Website: https://www.phocuswrightconference.com

Why are vacation rental industry events so important?

Now that we’ve made you aware of the top vacation rental events happening in 2022, you may be wondering why these events are important to attend in the first place. The answer is multifold.

Networking with other vacation rental property managers

As you’ve seen, the focus of almost all of these events is networking. Because the more people you connect with, the more you open yourself and your business to future growth. With that in mind, make sure to come prepared to network! Bring business cards, have your property listing handy, and don’t forget networking is a two-way street: you want to spend just as much time listening to other people’s pitches/ideas as you do talking about your own. Every single attendee at these conferences is a connection waiting to be initiated.

Brainstorming new ideas

Everyone manages their businesses differently and industry changes at a rapid rate so it’s important to stay on top of what’s new in vacation rental property management. By connecting with colleagues, you can see what techniques others are using and share your own ideas as well. These conferences also host some of the top leaders in the industry who are a the forefront of all the change and give you the chance to hear from them first-hand.

Vacation Rental Event Brainstorm

Go into the events with an open mind and be ready to be challenged and inspired to consider different perspectives. Remember to stay in contact with your connections long after the conference to continue bouncing ideas off each other.

Finding potential guests

Property managers take vacations too! If your property catches the attention of a colleague, you might gain a future guest. Outside of professional networking, look at these events as a way to market your properties as well…to colleagues, their families, friends, etc. If you can impress someone with your property, they are likely to remember you and recommend your stay to someone else.

Learning from industry leaders

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you’ve been doing things the same way for a long time. Hearing from others and educating yourself on the future trajectory of the industry is the best way to kick-start your inspiration. It might be exactly what you need to take the next step in expanding your property management business!

Main takeaways

We know your schedule is busy managing your business, but we highly recommend making the time to attend at least one vacation rental industry event this year. They are both personally enriching and professionally beneficial making them well worth the time and registration fees.

Events, dates, and locations are subject to change with or without notice. If you know of an upcoming vacation rental industry event that should be included, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.


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