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Vacation Rental Conferences 2020

rocky 01/08/2020

New Year!

New Goals!!

New Conferences!!!

Short-Term Rental/ Vacation Renal Conferences are a great way to connect with other companies, find out about innovative products, and meet like-minded people. They also offer some excellent opportunities to showcase your business, learn about industry trends, and challenges you may have by educating yourself alongside other industry experts. 

This past year we were able to attend more conferences than ever before, and we cannot wait to be part of even more events this year. 

To give you a heads-up on what to expect this year, we compiled a list of all the essential STR industry conferences around the world. Let’s get started!



Jan 20th-21st, 2020



Carrer de Vilamarí, 106

08015 Barcelona, Spain

We’re starting the year off in Europe! Are you a forward-thinking hospitality/ real estate leader? Then this is the right event for you! Recharge is a unique event that encourages a new way of thinking; it positively challenges the status quo and prepares you to look at doing business differently. You can expect short and punchy sessions, curated in debate, workshop, and problem-solving formats to help stimulate collective conversation, collaboration, innovation to drive your business and the sector forward.

Who will be the speakers?

  • Piers Brown, CEO, IHM — Explore your mind session: The other side of fear
  • George Sell, IHM — 2020 hospitality and travel trends
  • Panel — The future of cities, the future of real estate workshop
  • Richard Lustigman, Jill — The investment case of co-living
  • Federico Holzmann, Catalonia Hotels & Vedrana Riley, Ciel Capital — Investment Hub – Europe: what’s at stake?
  • Panel — Development workshop part 1: Build to rent/ Student Housing/ Serviced apartment living – turning the building into the hospitality and community service of the future



Jan 22nd-26th, 2020



Av. del Partenón, Nº 5, 

28042 Madrid, Spain

FITUR is an international tourism trade fair in Madrid. This five-day event serves as a global meeting point for tourism professionals and is the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets in Latin America. It’s a unique forum for promoting brands, presenting new products, learning about the latest trends, and filling your agenda with new contacts and opportunities. FITUR has some great media coverage to promote your business, with over 8,000 attending journalists from 68 countries. Doesn’t that sound great?! Check it out here:

ITB Berlin


March 4th-8th, 2020


Messe Berlin

Messedamm 22

14055 Berlin, Germany

Are you a tourist organization, tour operator, hotel, reservation system, or a travel technology?! If your answer is YES, then you should consider attending the worlds leading travel trade show in Berlin! You can expect around 10,000 exhibitors from 5 different continents. Gain valuable insight into the latest tourism trends, get access to a wealth of industry knowledge, and make lucrative deals during this four-day event! The event holds several opportunities for networking as well as for setting future trends in the industry. Let’s set those trends together; click to get your spot here:!

What panels will you see there:

  • Greg Greeley, President for Airbnb Homes & Sam Shank, Head of Hotels, for Airbnb and CEO for HotelTonight — Fireside Chat With Greg Greeley, President, Airbnb Homes & Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight
  • Nils Müller CEO, Trend One — Keynote: WE Are Shaping The Future!
  • Panel — Better City Life Through Smart Tourism

Short Stay Show – London


March 12th, 2020


ExCel London

Royal Victoria Dock,

1 Western Gateway,

London E16 1XL

This UK based event is focused on the trends within the short-term rental industry involved in accommodation, hospitality, property, technology, travel, and tourism. They are looking for entrepreneurs, technologists, national and local government representatives, property specialists, innovators, and radical companies who are looking to connect and learn more about the next industry trends. The conference is all day Thursday the 12th. There is a Curtain Riser on the 11th to kick off the conference and a Survivors’ Breakfast on the 13th. If this sounds like a place you need to be, go sign up now at!

Who will be the speakers?

  • Jean-Michel Petit, Co-Founder, and CEO for Eatwith
  • Pragya Tyagi, Senior Product Marketing Manager for
  • Toju Duke, Regional Product Lead -Travel for Google
  • Graham Donoghue, CEO for Skyes Holiday Cottages
  • Simon Lehmann, CEO for AJL Consulting
  • Vanessa De Souza Lage, CMO, and Co-Founder for Rentals United

And much more!

VRMA 2020 European Conference 


March 15th-17th, 2020


InterContinental Lisbon

R. Castilho 149

1099-034 Lisboa, Portugal

Always wanted to go to Portugal? Here’s your chance! The European Conference offers unmatched business and educational tools to help you deliver superior guest and homeowner experiences. You can expect dozens of educational sessions specifically designed for holiday rental professionals. Get the opportunity to meet peers and exchange ideas and best practices as well as insights from vendors who provide industry-specific products and services to help your business grow. If you register here at, we will see you there!

KigoWorld 2020


March 23rd-25th


World Trade Center

1ª planta Edif. Este, Moll de Barcelona, s/n

08039 Barcelona, Spain

If you’re looking for new ideas and innovation and want to visit stunning Barcelona, Kigo World is the right event for you! Learn about the latest innovations from hospitality and technology leaders in the industry, get a chance to connect with channel partners like HomeAway®, VRBO®, and Airbnb® and consult with experts as well as engage in hands-on training and peer networking. Want more information? Visit:

VrTech Barcelona


April 1st, 2020


Barcelona, Spain

Do you want to go to Barcelona in April and are in the vacation rental industry? It’s your chance to meet a community of innovative travel tech people, property managers, investors, and law-makers! This event will help you understand the latest trends and discover new technologies to help you run your vacation rental business. And you know what? During this 2-hour event with short presentations, you get the opportunity to network over pizzas and beers! That sounds pretty awesome to us! You should go too; sign up here,!

VRMA 2020 Spring Forum 


April 27th-28th, 2020


Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605, US

Want to educate yourself more about the vacation rental industry?? VRMA is the right conference for you! The 2020 Spring Forum is designed to be the most interactive, engaging spring conference in the vacation rental industry. The VRMA Spring Forum provides plentiful ways to network with peers across the United States and even more opportunities to learn with innovative education formats. Attendees can expect hands-on training through interactive workshops with a focus on the diverse challenges that are specifically unique to professionals in the vacation rental industry. The educational program will allow opportunities to connect with peers in a more intimate setting. Feel encouraged to ask questions, and tune into the changing vacation rental landscape! There will be educational opportunities available for everyone in the industry – from experienced CEOs, owners, support staff, and everything in-between! Are you one of these people? Register now here:

Phocuswright Europe


May 18th-20th, 2020


Beurs van Berlage

Damrak 243

1012 ZJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

What can you expect? Great speakers from all over the world and different sectors of the travel industry. They’ll be sharing insights, innovations and will be put in the hot seat to define and debate the hottest topics in keynote presentations, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one interviews. One of the first events of the conference will be the Young Leaders Summit, followed by the Women’s Leadership Initiative and attendee Speed-Meet finishing off the day with the opening reception on May 18th. As one of the highlights, Phocuswright’s sister brand, WiT, will take the stage to provide the knowledge, insights, and practical skills you need to succeed in Asia! How cool is that?! Here’s the link to sign up:

VRMA 2020 Executive Summit 


June 3rd-5th, 2020


Terranea Resort

100 Terranea Way, 

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Designed for executive-level leaders who are focused on business strategy, organizational excellence, sustained growth, and charting a vision for their company’s future; this event will take place in beautiful California.

The Summit will provide you with engaging, high-level content, and intimate networking in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Get a chance to connect with old friends, meet new people, and apply the experience, expertise, and innovative insight of other vacation rental managers to your company’s unique challenges. Sounds right for you, then sign up here:

The Trip Circus Conference


June 4th-5th, 2020


Poble Espanyol 

Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13

08038 Barcelona, Spain

Are you wanting a conference that is both for the hotel industry and the short term rental industry? The Trip Circus Conferences is a must! This one of a kind conference allows for the two industries to come together to define what the future will look like for the travel accommodation industry. This is the perfect conference to spark new ideas of collaboration between the two industries. If you want to make a difference and learn how to contribute to the innovative movement, you are going to want to buy your tickets now!



September 8th-10th, 2020


Tel Aviv, Israel 

We had a blast in Tel Aviv in 2019! This is a conference you don’t want to miss! Designed for property managers, property management companies, real estate developers, online travel agencies, third-party service providers, and people who want to make property management more effortless. Not only do they provide an insightful experience, but they also provide you with a cultural experience on the last day. With the 22 sessions available, GuestyVal is an overall good time to network! Keep a lookout for registration to start soon! To see a recap of last year see here:

Short Stay Show – Germany


September 17th


Berlin, Germany

This UK based event is focused on the trends within the short-term rental industry that are involved in accommodation, hospitality, property, technology, travel, and tourism. They are looking for entrepreneurs, technologists, national and local government representatives, property specialists, innovators, and radical companies who are looking to connect and learn more about the next industry trends.

Streamline Summit 





Streamline Summit is a conference that is “by property managers for property managers.” If you are trying to run a successful short-term rental business, this conference is the ideal summit to network with companies and other property managers that can help you achieve your goal. We attended last year and loved all of the connections we made. Property Managers and companies that can help make property managers’ lives easy need to watch out for when the conference dates are announced so you can register asap. If you want to see how successful it was this past year you can go here



October 10th, 2020


Las Vegas, Nevada

Let’s go to Vegas! This conference makes sure attendees stay ahead of the changing vacation rental industry. Home away brings together leaders of the industry to give insightful presentations about the changing technology and software expected in the future. RezFest helps you stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing vacation rental industry. If you want to be a step ahead of the industry register today!

Vacation Rental World Summit 2020


October 10th, 2020


Imperial Palace

Allée de l’Impérial

74000 Annecy, France

Are you a fan of baguettes and croissants? Do you want to connect with professional managers and property owners from 54 countries around the world?! If you answered yes to any of these questions, this one’s for you. VRWS’s primary goal is to unite the vacation rental community all over the world. The presentations and hands-on workshops will give the best education for start-ups, marketing, business management, and guest relations. Plus, they pick gorgeous locations. You better register now, because limited seats are available!

VRMA 2020 International Conference


October 18th-21st, 2020


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

1000 W Buena Vista Dr.

Orlando, FL 32830

Did you attend last year’s event in New Orleans? You must have seen us there; we were the fun group of people who were wearing The Party shirts! This event allows you to connect with other businesses in the hospitality and travel industry. It’s so important to learn about such a fast-growing industry. VRMA International is one of the biggest vacation rental conferences in the world. Their mission is to help you connect with people all over the world that will help “strengthen your business, elevate your industry, and provide superior guests/homeowner experiences. Why wouldn’t you want to do any of those things?! Don’t wait too long to sign up! For more information about the conference, go check it out now:



November 4th-6th, 2020


For the Strategic Summit on the 4th: Kings Place, London

For the Show that is the 5-6th: Business Design Centre, London

Do you want to increase returns and stay competitive? If you want to meet with owners, investors, marketing decision-makers, sales & distribution leaders, operations & reservation executives, housekeeping managers, strategy directors, business development teams, and technology experts, HOST is the place to go! A bonus is that it is FREE to attend! You will learn so much, so go register now here!

Short Stay Show – Barcelona


November 11th, 2020


Barcelona, Spain

This UK based event is focused on the trends within the short-term rental industry that are involved in accommodation, hospitality, property, technology, travel, and tourism. You are an entrepreneur, technologist, national and local government representative, property specialist, or innovators? This event will be an excellent opportunity to connect and learn more about evolving industry trends.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands 

The dates for this event are not announced yet, but keep an eye out for it! This event is put on by to connect people in the travel industry from all over the globe. The main goal is to connect and have industry-leaders give advice and share their knowledge on the so quickly evolving travel industry. If you go to their website, you will find a short video recapping last year’s event. 

Which conferences will you be attending this year, and what speakers are you looking forward to the most? Our team is still trying to plan our “Conference Tour for 2020”. Let us know at so we can connect with you!