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Vacation Rental World Summit 2021 speakers and presenters

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The agenda of VRWS 2021 has just been released. The Vacation Rental World Summit 2021 will be held in Annecy, France this year, bringing together the top international speakers and presenters from various sectors of vacation rental management to share their best practices for success. This is sure to offer you a wealth of inspiration that can only come with an open mind ready to learn about new opportunities as well as practical advice on how-to implement these ideas into your personal business strategy today!

Tickets are available online at 50% off if you purchase them through this link: vrws2021/rentalscaleup.

TimeMain activity
08.30-09.55On-site Registration
10.00-10.15Opening Welcome & Program – Antonio Bortolotti
10.15-10.45Session 1: Diving Deeply Into Success: AirDNA Goes Through The Anatomy Of Top Performers and What They Are Doing Differently (Tom Caton, Co-Founder AirDNA & Sophie Barton, Senior Account Manager AirDNA)
10.45-11.45Session 2: 1st Roundtable Session: Breaking the Ice with Your Peers  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
11.45-12.15Session 3: Master of Scale & Oxygen. From Scaling Up Your Property Management Business with Growth Funding and M&A Tactics to Driving It With Cost Efficiency and Profitability.  (Simon Lehmann, CEO of AJL Atelier interviewed by Vivi Himmel, CEO of AltoVita)
12.15-13.15Session 4: 2nd Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #1  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
13.15-15.00Lunch & Networking
15.00-15.30Session 5: The 3 Counter-Intuitive Keys to Thriving Used by Leading Property Managers and Hosts in Any Economic Situation (Sebastien Grosjean, CEO of BookingSync and Smily)
Summary: Our industry is built on our individual uniqueness and Sebastien Grosjean knows that very well. It’s these differences that make our guests’ experiences so meaningful and memorable. In this thought-provoking and insightful talk, Grosjean will take us on a journey of unique individuals and companies to encourage us to think differently about how we operate so we can improve our business structure, operate more effectively, and ultimately live our dreams long term.
15.30-16.30Session 6: 3rd Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #2  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
16.30-17.00Session 7: VR Tech Competition: 3 Start-Ups on stage to Innovate our industry (led by Vanessa de Souza Lage, Founder of VRTech and CMO and Co-Founder of RentalsUnited)Summary: As every year, the 3 shortlisted finalists from the VRTech competition will present what they do on stage in a competition to win the title of Best Start-Up of The Year. You will vote for your favorite Start-Up Company and The Winner will be announced on stage on Friday. This year’s Finalists are:Rented.com – Andrew McConnell (CEO)Vintory – Brooke Pfautz (CEO)Turbosuite – Manuel Martin (CEO)
17.00-17.45Coffee Break – Networking in the Exhibitor Area
17.45-18.15Session 8: PMS Systems (Panel Discussion)Summary: There are so many systems and so very different in their capacities, local requirements, hard and software integrations, distribution, languages, automations, pricing and of course company support!  What is really important for owners and agencies as we move toward 2030?
18.15-19.00Time with Exhibitors & Networking in the Exhibitor Area
19.00-Networking @Hotel Bar Area
TimeMain activity
10.00-10.15Day 2 Agenda – Antonio Bortolotti
10.15-10.45Session 9: Property Managers vs Rent-By-Owner (Richard Vaughton)
Summary: OTAs are focused on owners and so are managers. DIY vs Managers, who will win the battle? Are managers too expensive? Is it too difficult to go it alone? How many #bookdirect actually use OTAs? In this thought-provoking session, Richard Vaughton will share data and considerations on the current situation and the future possible developments of the industry, based among others on:growth of OTAs, growth of the market and the changes in the power curves of the OTAs.comparative chart of costs and where the margins are won and lost and what does that mean for managersthings managers do that can be replaced by technology (with graphic attached)the coming wave of licensing, verifications, standardization.increased distribution.the gig economy and the need to professionalise
10.45-11.45Session 10: 4th Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #3  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
11.45-12.15Session 11: The Brands Are Coming: Can They Deliver More Bookings For You? (Panel Discussion moderated by Alex Nigg)
Summary: Listing platforms are increasingly specializing, and hotel brands are now pushing into our industry. Which specialty sites deliver incremental bookings that are worth the additional work? And how do you optimize your channel mix to minimize reliance and overhead, and maximize profits?
12.15-13.15Session 12: 5th Roundtable Session: Addressing Focus Area #4  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
13.15-15.00Lunch & Networking
15.00-15.30Session 13: TBA  (Homes & Villas by Marriott International)
15.30-16.30Session 14: 6th Roundtable Session: Key Takeaways and Action Items  (Facilitated by VRWS Speakers & Facilitators)
16.30-17.00Session 15: TBA (Booking.com)
17.00-17.45Coffee Break – Networking in the Exhibitor Area
17.45-18.15Session 16: VRTech Winner & Summit Closing 
18.15-19.00Time with Exhibitors & Networking in the Exhibitor Area
19.00-Networking @Hotel Bar Area

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Thibault is the founder of Rental Scale-Up. He owns vacation rentals in St. Barths and Bali. He also leads innovative projects for companies within the vacation rental industry. Feel free to reach out to Thibaut Masson on Linkedin.

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