Agenda

Main Stage Agenda - 2021 Overview

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Topics / Speakers
  • Welcome Address. A Collaboration Trifecta.

    A welcome address from STAA,VRMA and the EHHA teams on how they plan to support and grow the industry together. Speakers: Carlos Villaro Lassen - CEO, Secretary General, EHHA; Merilee Karr, Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat and Chairperson, UK STAA and Susan Doull, Founder, Commendable Rentals LLC, VRMA.

  • Expedia Fireside Chat Stepping Forward Together

    Discussion on how Vrbo and Expedia Group leverage data and research insights to help Partners step forward into the new future together. Moderator, Carlos Villaro Lassen -CEO, Secretary General, EHHA and Speaker, Maud Larpent VP Product Management, Expedia.

  • Industry Performance.

    An overview of how the industry has performed and an outlook on future growth opportunities. Speakers: Robin Rossmann - Managing Director, STR; William Parry, CEO, Altido and Kate Nichols - UK Hospitality, Anna Hunt, Area Manager, Booking.com

  • How Short Term Rentals are changing the property sector.

    Why the property sector and the short-term rentals industry are increasingly collaborating, and what we can learn from the challenges and successes. Speakers: Julia Lane Napolski, Travel Industry Innovator, Sam Winnard Director - Residential Agency, JLL and Merilee Karr STAA Chair, CEO, UnderTheDoormat, Steven Haag, MD, COVE & SACO

  • 20 Minute Break.

  • Short Term Rentals & Hotels, Convergence or Collision?

    Convergence: As the hotel and short term rental industries are converging, what are the biggest opportunities? Moderator: Piers Brown, CEO , IHM. Speakers: Chris Stephenson, Vice President International Markets, Homes & Villas by Marriott International; Anna Hunt, Area Manager, Booking.com and Merilee Karr STAA Chair, CEO, UnderTheDoormat, Doug Greenwood, COO, Cherval Residencies, Ben Godon, Colliers International

  • Outlook on the VR industry and what’s ahead

    Booking.com Fireside Chat. Moderator Richard Vaughton, Business Development Europe, Properly & Ryan Pearson, Regional Manager, Booking.com

  • Lunch & Networking.

  • Fireside Chat UK Tourism & DMO’s

    Tourism & DMO Fireside Chat. Moderator Deborah Heather, CEO, Quality in Tourism with Nick de Bois. - Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board

  • How technology is advancing in the Short Term Rental sector.

    Technology Advancements: The future of travel technology - Bespoke vs. Integrated Solutions. Moderator: Paul Stevens, Editor, Short Term Rentalz. Speakers: James Burrows, CEO Rentals United; Richard Bridger, COO, Hospiria; Andrew Boldt, Co-founder Superhog; Richie Khandelwal, CEO Pricelabs and Jeremy Gall, Founder & CEO of Breezeway

  • Networking.

  • From fragmentation to consolidation.

    How investment in technology and consolidations are helping shape and mature the short-term accommodation market. Moderator: Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier. Speaker: Robert Kennedy, Supercontrol, Steve Davis, Operto Guest Technologies, James Burrows, CEO, Rentals United

  • Business Travel & Digital Nomads.

    Business Travel of the Future. How Short Term Rentals can gain market share – and keep it. Moderator: Jessica Gillingham. Speakers: Pauline Houston, Vice President of Business Development, SilverDoor; Deborah Heather, Director, Quality in Tourism; Vivi Cahyadi CEO & Co-Founder, AltoVita and Merilee Karr, CEO, Chair of STAAA - TrustedStays.

  • Homes & Villas by Marriott International Fireside Chat. Marriott

    Fireside Chat with Moderator Merilee Karr - Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat and Chairperson, UK STAA. Speaker: Jenny Hsieh, Vice President, Homes & Villas by Marriott International

  • Closing Remarks

  • Homes & Villas by Marriott International Drinks Reception.

    Drinks Reception hosted by Homes & Villas by Marriott International

Workshop Agenda - 2021 Overview

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  • Guest Automation - Come hear from industry leaders discuss how tech is enabling everything from contactless guest entry to home automation.

    How can tech help you grow your business and create amazing guest experiences. Moderator: Jessica Gillingham Speakers: Jeremy Gall, Founder & CEO of Breezeway; Steve Davis, CEO, Operto Guest Technologies and Andrew Schulz. CEO, NoiseAware and Nils Mattisson, Minut

  • Travel insights.

    What’s trending and what you should focus on to grow your business in the recovery? Moderator: Paul Stevens, Editor, Short Term Rentalz. Speakers: Speakers: Karen Mullins - Vrbo; Alexander Limpert, Guest Ready and Veronica Rivas, Director Business Development, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, Rashi Shekhar, Booking.com

  • 20 Minute Break.

  • Experiences: Non urban growth & opportunities.

    Adding value and choices to the holiday experience for guests. Moderator: Julia Lane Napoiski, Parlay Vous Speakers: Andy Woodward, UK&I Executive Director, Yonder.com and Duncan Wise from Northumberland National Park, Ross Williams, Beyonk.

  • Optional Marketing Mix - how to mix it up with OTAs and Direct bookings. Direct Bookings and OTA are two important channels to market and employ different strategies and tactics.

    What is the optimal mix and how can you maximise the value of each to grow your business? Moderator: Damian Sheridan The Book Direct Network. Speakers: James Shaw Sykes Cottages; Victoria O’Connell, CEO, Golightly, Marcus Rader, CEO, Hostaway & Mark Simpson, Founder, Boostly, Kelly Odor, Bookster,

  • Operational Excellence - Analyzing Operations Data: What’s Changed (and what hasn’t) in the Last 18 Months?

    Key steps on how to be profitable when flexibility is the new norm. Speakers: Maxime Leufroy-Murat, Founder and CEO, City Relay; Deyan Dimitrov,Founder and CEO, Laundryheap; Rick Gay, VP Revenue, Operto Guest Technologies and Louise Birritteri, CEO, PIKL, Jeremy Gall, Breezeway.

  • In my shoes: What it’s like in today’s Property Management World?

    Insights from small, medium and large PMCs. A panel discussion on top challenges and success of the STR ecosystem. Moderator: James Cassidy. Speakers: Robin Craigen, Moving Mountains; William Parry, CEO, Altido and Rachel Angell COO- Domus Stay

  • How is Tech Powering the Future of the Short Term Rental Industry?

    Hear from the leading property management systems worldwide as they provide insights into the future of property management + predictions on where the market will go next. Speakers: César Ramos - Avantio; Tomer Robenbum, Guesty and Richard Bridger-Hospiria, James Weatherby, Kigo

CEO Round Tables Agenda - 2021 Overview

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Topics / Speakers
  • Industry Consolidation.

    Who, What, Where and Next? Moderator: Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier. Speakers: Julia Lane Napolski, Principal, Parlay Vous; Sam Winnard, Director - Residential Agency, JL and Merilee Karr, Merilee Karr - Founder aEO, UnderTheDoormat

  • Creating for growth - Opportunities, strategies and challenges of building a successful property management business

    A panel discussion with founders and key leadership of successful property management companies operating across the globe. Moderator Richard Vaughton, Business Development Europe, Properly. Speakers Susan Doull, Founder, Commendable Rentals LLC; Robin Craigen, Moving Mountains; William Parry, CEO, Altido; James Shaw. CMO, Sykes Cottages; Alexander Limpert - Guest Ready and Emily Bruce-Watt, Air Peace of Mind The panel will discuss their unique skills and vision to building a successful property management business. The session will cover: Opportunities, strategies and challenges of building a successful property management business Managing a team and leading with purpose Balancing ambition with responsibility Working with collaboration and insight Risk-taking, innovation and strategic skill

  • Global Accreditation

    A discussion on establishing a global approach to accreditation to assure the quality of the sector and to help the industry establish a leading position as new regulations continue to emerge. Moderator Merilee Karr - Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat and Chairperson, UK STAA and speaker Scott Leggat - Director - Government affairs & Advocacy, InhabitIQ / VRMA

  • Industry evolution and key trends for the future.

    What are the key trends telling us about how the STR industry is evolving and what key insights will help companies capitalise on the recovery in travel? Speakers Robin Rossmann - Managing Director, STR; William Parry, CEO, Altido and Julie Brinkman, CEO, Beyond Pricing

  • How can regulation impact your business?

    Meet the leaders who can provide insights on what is happening in the world of regulations and how you can leverage these insights to help you grow sustainably. Moderator: Shomik Panda. Speakers: and speakers Scott Leggat - Director - Government affairs & Advocacy, InhabitIQ / VRMA; Marie Lorimer - Airbnb; JP Monod - Government & Corporate Affairs Expedia Group; Rupa Patel - Awaze and Fiona Campbell - CEO Association Self Catering, Scotland

  • Sustainability - Building a Business with Environmentally Friendly Practices.

    Sustainable initiatives and social consciousness have a growing focus in the travel industry. Giving back to those in the VR sector can have not only a meaningful impact on society but a solid return on investment for your business. How do we go from having an idea for a sustainability or charitable initiative to actually implementing it and integrating it into our business? Speakers Paul Scott, Clickbook Stays, Deborah Heather CEO, M Assessments and Robin Barker

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Thank you to all our 2021 sponsors

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