Main Stage Agenda - 2023 Overview
Event Open For Delegates / Speakers
Conference welcome address by The European Holiday Home Association, UK Short Term Accommodation Association & the Vacation Rental Management Association
Welcome address and keynote Airbnb
Host: Amanda Cupples, GM for Northern Europe Airbnb
A personal chat with Ariane Gorin President, Expedia for Business
Host: Merilee Karr, Chair STAA
Speakers: Ariane Gorin - President Expedia for Business at Expedia Group
Invest for the Guest
Learn how to create a guest experience that differentiates your company.
Where can short term rentals learn from the wider hospitality sector? What will differentiate your company in a competitive marketplace? How can you meet the evolving needs and expectations to drive growth? What role will technology play, or not play in this space?
Important questions for any business to answer in an inflationary world where tradeoffs are challenging choices to make.
Host: Emily Newman, Co-Founder NewDog PR
Speakers: Matt Loney - President & CEO, Xplorie, Steve Milo - CEO and Founder, VTrips, Tim Rosolio - VP, Partner Success Vacation Rentals Expedia Group
Navigating the next wave
Inflationary pressures, Cost of living crisis, Revenge Travel, and Regulatory headwinds. Just a few of the market trends and challenges to think about in the year ahead. What are the new strategies to remain competitive in a changing world?
Host: Dr. Wouter Geerts, Head of Research, Skift
Speakers: Joss Croft, OBE - CEO UKinbound, Vered Raviv-Schwarz - President & COO Guesty, Demi Horvat - CEO, AirDNA
Networking and Exhibitor Hall
Business travel, government stays, and film and entertainment are all important segments for driving growth in what has traditionally been a leisure-driven market. How you can access counter-cyclical demand and new sources of revenue while expanding your customer base.
Host: Eloise Hanson, Editor Boutique Hotel News
Speakers: Merilee Karr - Chair, STAA and Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat, Marcos Isaac - CEO The Apartment Network, Mark Harris - Director, Travel Intelligence Network
Fireside chat on how Booking is aligning their 2023 partner and product strategy with the everchanging travel landscape.
Host: Sally Henry, VP Business Development, Key Data
Speakers: Ryan Pearson - Regional Manager, UK/IE, Booking.com, Laura Davies - Senior Product Manager, Bookng.com
Accessing the money
When investors can earn 8% yield investing in property, what opportunities will motivate them to part with their cash in our typically asset light industry?
In today's uncertain world, investors are looking for profitability, scalability and resilience. Which business models will get the money and why? Which companies in our sector are most attractive and what can businesses learn to attract investors?
Host: Simon Lehmann, CEO AJL Atelier
Speakers: Johannes Siebers - CEO Holidu, Zinab Bercheq - VP Advent International, Amiad Soto - CEO & Co-Founder Guesty
"Pay as you go" living
If a consumer can pay as you go for their mobile phone, why can't they do that where they live? From Hotel residences in the luxury space, to Build to Rent and Multifamily offering flexible options in residential real estate, our industry is at the heart of convergence providing the hospitality and standards guests expect.
Sustainability and better utilisation of assets go hand in hand and are important for both investors and consumers and building communities will be critical to the success of flexible offerings in developments in Europe, North America and beyond.
Host: Paolo Rigutto, Partner Second Century Ventures
Speakers: Will Parry - Altido, CEO, Merilee Karr - Chair, STAA and Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat, Ben Harper - Group Managing Director at Watergate Bay Hotel, Beach Retreats and Another Place, Brendan Geraghty - CEO UKAA
Integration or Marketplace?
Technology is revolutionising the short-term rental space, making it easier for property owners and operators to manage more properties, streamline operations, and provide a better guest experience.
With new technologies emerging all the time, is it better to build your own and connect your favorites or choose a single integrated technology? What does this mean for property managers and why this is potentially the most important decision for your company?
Host: Jessica Gillingham, Founder Abode Worldwide
Speakers: Richard Bridger - COO, Hospiria, Steve Davis - CEO, Operto, Jeremy Gall - CEO, Breezeway, Maria Lopez - VP Product Hostaway
Networking and Exhibitor Hall
The Future of Tech: What’s Next
ChatGPT, AI, ML, AR,VR, Bots, Virtual Tours
It's here and coming fast - what you need to know and why it is important to keep up
Speakers: Dana Young - CEO Aipex Technologies
Revenue is King!
Scaling your business is a priority for any entrepreneur or small business owner. What are the most important routes to expanding the size of your portfolio, increasing revenue and reaching new markets in today's competitive market?
Host: Julie George, Author Million Dollar Host
Speakers: John Crosby - COO, Awaze, James Kinnersly - Sales Director at AirDNA, Alexander Limpert - CEO, GuestReady, Veronique Lalonde - COO & Co-Founder Angel Host
The European Holiday Home Association, UK Short Term Accommodation Association & the Vacation Rental Management Association
Drinks Reception immediately following closing