Conference Welcome Address by STAA, EHHA & VRMA
Industry update by the Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage, and Civil Society
Fireside Chat with James Cassidy VRBO / Expedia
Join us for a fireside chat with James Cassidy, Senior Director of Partner Success Vacation Rentals for the EMEA region, led by Merilee Kerr. Come hear the stories and lessons learned – past, present, and look to the future – as he shares his journey in the short-term rentals sector. A veteran in the field, James has been working in the vacation rental industry for more than 16 years with 12 of those spent with HomeAway and Vrbo, a part of Expedia Group.
Host: Merilee Karr, Chair, STAA
Speakers: James Cassidy, Senior Director, Partner Success Vacation Rentals, EMEA, Expedia Group
An in-depth view into what 2022 is already telling us about the future of STR in Europe
The last couple of years have been tumultuous for EU managers and hosts - what have we learned in 2022 so far that can tell us how this year and next will unfold? We will take a data look at the current situation within short-term rentals and a visual look at the trends prevailing in the industry. Discuss travel sentiment across the industry.
Host: Dr. Wouter Geerts, Senior Research Analyst, Skift
Speakers: Simon Bley, Statistician, European Commission, Eurostat - Julie Brinkman, CEO, Beyond - Vered Raviv Schwarz, President & COO, Guesty
Sean Fitzpatrick, CEO, OTA Insight
Flexible living: Why you should care about the convergence between property, hotels, serviced apartments, and short-term rentals
What changes can we expect in the future? How will it impact growth in the sector? Come and listen to what the experts have to say
Host: Piers Brown, CEO International Hospitality Media Limited
Speakers: Robert Alley, Chairman, The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers - Dale Smith, CEO & Founder, SDDE Smith Group - Will Parry, CEO & Founder, Altido - Merilee Karr, CEO, Under the Doormat
30 min break - Networking and Exhibitor Hall
"Show Me The Money". Why are VC's and investors so interested ?
A discussion with thought leaders who can provide practical insights on the who and why there is increasing interest in the sector.
How do you prepare: Buying / selling your business? Expand your footprint?
Host: Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier
Speakers: Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages - Daniel Smith, Partner, Livingbridge - Henrik Kjellberg, CEO, Awaze - Will Creedon, CEO & Founder, Alloggio
The great Destination Management Organisation reset, the whys and wherefores
With the rise and rise of the tech generation, what is the purpose of a DMO, who are their stakeholders? How should they modernise and what role should they play? Hear from industry experts discussing at an international & national level the future of DMOs' those leading the way and why get involved.
Host: David Curtis-Brignell MBE, Tourism Reimagined
Speakers: Tracey Halliwell, Director of Tourism, London & Partners - Nick Brooks-Sykes, Marketing Manchester, Vice Chair of the Tourism Alliance - Will Creedon, CEO & Founder, Alloggio
Lunch and Networking & Exhibitor Hall
Fireside Chat booking.com
Host: Paul Stevens, Editor, Short Term Rentalz
Speakers: Ryan Pearson, Regional Manager, Alberto Bernes, Sr. Product Manager, Booking.com
Bringing the GDS (Global Distribution System) to short term rentals and how this can help you grow
A panel discussion on what the Global Distribution System actually is and how it opens doors to an £8 billion global market. Learn how standards and accreditation are crucial to capitalizing on this opportunity and how property managers can use it for growth and prepare to access this market.
Host: Lee Hayhurst Executive Editor, Travel Weekly
Speakers: Nisha Botevyle, Country Director UK/IE, Sabre - Riccardo Galanti, Senior Regional Director Of Sales - Supplier & Venue Solutions, Cvent - Deborah Heather, CEO, Quality in Tourism - Merilee Karr, STAA chair
40 mins break - Networking and Exhibitor Hall
‘Death by chrome tab’ - Tech landscape, How property managers can avoid burn out
With more than 30 different short-term rental technologies and 40+ platforms to distribute your properties across, property managers are beginning to suffer from a serious case of ‘death by chrome tab’
Host: Jessica Gillingham Founder Abode PR
Speakers: Srin Madipalli, CEO, Listify - Steve Davis, CEO Operto - Richard Bridger, Founder, Hospiria - Humphrey Bowles, CEO, SUPERHOG
"The Great Resignation" Preparing your company for a world with fewer available resources
With the current talent shortages. how can you hire, smooth operations and ultimately 'do more with less?'
Host: Julia Lane Napolski, Principal, Parlay Vous
Speakers: Paul Farrer, Founder, Aspire Recruitment - Helen Hickin, CEO & Founder, ICON - Richard Bridger, Founder, Hospiria
Innovation Drinks Reception