The upcoming year is brimming full of vacation rental industry events that all professionals will want to attend. With many conferences having already been announced across the US, Europe and Australia, we’ve drawn up this calendar of the top vacation rental industry events in 2018.
We will continue to add to it as more seminars, forums and summits are announced throughout the year.
24: Myrtle Beach VRM Spectacular – Myrtle Beach, SC
This free event has a highly respected line-up and is headlined by Airbnb. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about technology, trends and predictions for the vacation rental industry this year. More information and tickets can be found here.
30: HomeAway Rise and Shine Seminar – Galveston, TX
The HomeAway Rise and Shine Seminar series provide industry professionals with tips and advice on how to grow their businesses and get more competitive for the upcoming year. You can register for this 90-minute event here.
5: VRMIntel Live! – Orange Beach, AL
With 22 speakers presenting 13 sessions between 8 am and 5 pm, there will be plenty of material for owners to get their teeth into. Topics will range from marketing to revenue-generating tips, industry forecasts and panel discussions. Find out more and buy your ticket here.
7: Guest Education Day, #BookDirect – Worldwide
This online event by VRM Intel has one purpose in mind – deliver the message to guests about the advantages of booking direct.
Join other vacation rental providers for this one-day online event on February 7th and help get the hashtag #BookDirect trending. For more information and ideas on messaging, check out the VRM Intel #BookDirect event.
15: VRHP Housekeepers Owning the Brand Webinar – Worldwide
This online webinar from Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) will dive into the topic of helping your housekeepers understand the importance of your brand. Register for your free place here.
23: VR Mastered Bootcamp – New Orleans, LA
After a sold-out success in Mexico and a near-capacity conference in Nashville, TN, the 2018 edition of VR Mastered Bootcamp is coming to New Orleans.
Hosted by Tyann Marcink and Alanna Schroeder, this five-day event will cover everything from social media planning, to folding towels and guest correspondence. Find out more details and buy your tickets at VR Mastered.
28: Navis Leaders Conference 2018 – St. Pete Beach, FL
Running from 28th February to March 2nd, this event is a good opportunity for hospitality professionals to learn about current best practices and benchmarks, as well as network with other pros. Learn more on the Navis website.
4 – 6: VRMA European Conference – Paris, France
Taking place in Paris this year, the VRMA European Conference provides holiday rental professionals with the opportunity to attend more than a dozen educational sessions, network with peers and exchange ideas, plus gain the latest insights from suppliers who provide services to help you grow your business. More information and event registration can be found here.
7 – 11: ITB Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Coined the “world’s leading travel show”, the Berlin edition of ITB returns in 2018. A fantastic event to find out about the latest tourism trends, in-depth industry knowledge and a place to network and make connections, get your tickets here.
9: VRM Intel Live! – London, UK
The VRM Intel Live! London edition will take place on March 9th 2018. With a line up of speakers including Jessica Gillingham of Abode PR and Alex Nigg, founder of Properly, it’s bound to be an insightful event. Find full details and tickets here.
26 – 27: VRMA 2018 Western Regional Conference – Portland, OR
The VRMA Western Regional Conference provides hands-on learning and one-to-one networking possibilities for vacation rental pros. Last year, more than 400 professionals came together for this conference. Find out more and book your place here.
8 – 14: MTS Mountain Travel Symposium – Heavenly – South Lake Tahoe, CA
Often dubbed the “SXSW” of ski, MTS is the longest-running gathering of mountain travel professionals in the world. Join representatives from over 35 countries to establish new business relationships and continue to strengthen the mountain business community.
14: Australian Home Hosting Expo – Melbourne, Australia
The aim of the Australian Home Hosting Expo (AHHX) is to increase business connections, educate hosts and provide them with networking opportunities to maximize their income. Find out full details and register for a place here.
Following on from the success that was last year’s event – with more than 600 in attendance – the VRMA Eastern Regional Conference stops in Miami this year. Find out full details on the VRMA website.
23 – 25: NWVRP 2018 Spring Conference – Blaine, WA
Celebrating its seventh year this year, the Northwest Vacation Rental Professionals Spring Conference gathers together managers and vendors to learn tricks of the trade about being the best pro hosts out there. Book your place here.
7 – 8: OPMA Spring Executive Summit – TBD
The Onsite Property Management Association presents this year’s spring summit which brings together onsite rental property managers and stakeholders to educate, network and optimize the condo-hotel hospitality experience. More details to be found on the OPMA website.
10 – 11: Rezfest Australia 2018 Conference – Sydney, Australia
Rezfest, by HomeAway, is one of the biggest, most interactive holiday rental events out there. This year’s edition will cover topics that will cater owners, property managers, reservation staff and industry professionals alike. Book your place at the two-day event here.
15 – 17: Phocuswright Europe – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Often hailed the “travel event of the year”, the list of companies already confirmed to be attending Phocuswright Europe include the likes of Booking.com, Expedia and Ctrip. This event brings together some of the travel industry’s top players to discuss trends and technology with regard to the European market.
16 – 18: ITB China – Shanghai, China
After a sold-out event in China in 2017, there are no doubts ITB will continue to grow in the Chinese market this year. Secure your place here.
18: VR Mastered Mini Bootcamp – San Antonio, TX
Described by its creators as “not your normal conference”, the compact one-day version of the VR Mastered Bootcamp is all about doing. You’ll learn in a hands-on manner how to take photos and videos, simple graphic design and how to use Instagram and other social media. Reserve your place here.
Featuring talks and presentations from some of the industry’s best-known names, at this event, no one walks away empty-handed. Learn about marketing, automation, exposure, branding, the guest experience and many more actionable tips you will continue to use for the future of your business. Find out more and get your tickets at VRSS.
22 – 24: FVRMA Xtravaganza – Orlando, FL
Florida has long been a hotspot for vacation rentals. At the Florida VRM Xtravaganza you can learn from top industry speakers about business trends, the latest products and services available and much more.
25: Australian Home Hosting Expo – Sydney, Australia
The AHHX will also be stopping in Sydney in 2018. Get all the information and buy tickets here.
5: VRM Intel Live! – Breckenridge, CO
Another stop on the VRM Intel Live! tour, full information for the Breckenridge event is yet to be announced. Keep an eye on the VRM Intel website for updates.
Likely to take place in Tennessee or South Carolina, we are still patiently awaiting full information for the Vacation Rental Data, Technology and Marketing Summit in August. More information will be added to VRM Intel soon.
15: VRHP Webinar: Swot analysis and other tools to help us improve online – Worldwide
Learning from past mistakes is the best way to improve and ensure things go smoothly next time. Find out about how this can help your vacation rental business with the VRHP Webinar (online) on August 15th.
25 – 27: Rezfest 2018 Conference – Marco Island, FL
Rezfest will also come back to the US in 2018 for this event in Florida. Expect three days of learning, collaboration, networking and fun! Find out more or register for your place here.
6 – 7: Vacation Rental World Summit – Lake Como, Italy
After two hugely successful in-person events in Barcelona in 2016 and Florence 2017, the Vacation Rental World Summit is back in 2018 – taking place in beautiful Lake Como, Italy. Founder Antonio Bortolotti rounds up some of the industry’s biggest names and provides invaluable networking opportunities for eager vacation rental owners, managers and other professionals. Register for your ticket here.
10: VRHP Webinar: How data can help you succeed online – Worldwide
If you wonder how to use the information your vacation rental software is gathering, this is the webinar for you. Join this online event free here.
17 – 19: ITB Asia – Singapore,
The Asian branch of ITB travel trade show will take place in Singapore with over 11,000 attendees and over 900 exhibitors. Read all the details here.
27 – 30: VRMA 2018 International Conference – Las Vegas, NV
VRMA is yet to announce full details for the annual International Conference, but it is confirmed it will take place in Las Vegas. Watch this space for further updates.
13 – 15: Phocuswright Conference – Los Angeles, CA
For a quarter of a century, the Phocuswright Conference has delivered an unbeatable combination of compelling content, top tier attendees and an electrified atmosphere. Book your place at this year’s unmissable event in Los Angeles here.
4: VRM Intel Live! – Maui, HI
The final stop for VRM Intel Live! in 2018 will be in Maui, Hawaii. We’re still waiting on the full details for now.
The Airbnb Open is their annual host convention, which includes keynote presentations, workshops and celebrations. Hosts can pick up tips on everything from hospitality to using the Airbnb platform, connect with other like-minded professionals and share feedback and knowledge. Bookmark this page for information and announcements regarding the Airbnb Open.
Add all the vacation rental industry events to your 2018 calendar: