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Urban Living Insights: Short-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rentals – Wednesday 26 April – The Stratford Hotel, Olympic Park, 20 International Way, Stratford, E20 1FD, London – TICKETS

Join your hosts Paul Stevens, editor, Short Term Rentalz, and Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier, for this uniquely curated URBAN LIVING INSIGHTS event focused on the growth and investment into urban and holiday rentals.


In recent years, the short-term rental industry has transformed dramatically with the growth of new entrants backed by venture capital. Research from SkyQuest highlights that the global vacation rental market was valued at $75 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow to over $107 billion by 2028.

The pandemic merely accelerated existing macro-trends: desire for more space; longer stays; leisure and revenge travel; remote work, resulting in strong performance and an increasingly attractive, younger consumer demographic vs hotels.

VC financing has moved to the public capital markets

In the last 12 months, we have witnessed more than $2.4 million USD invested into STR / VR companies in funding rounds [including mega rounds for the likes of reAlpha, Le Collectionist, Patriot Family Homes, Hopper, Holidu etc], while the SPAC and IPO markets have somewhat dried up as firms weigh up their next move.

Compare that to the 12 months prior when over $4.5 billion USD of investment flowed into the sector in SPAC and non-SPAC / IPO transactions [source:].

Further investment rounds, mergers and acquisitions are happening on a weekly basis, as companies scramble to scale with the support of both large and small investors like Blackstone, Certares, Thayer Ventures, KKR, Vitruvian Partners, Livingbridge, Highland Europe, Finch Capital, WestCap, Destination Capital, Lakestar and Henley Ventures to capitalise on growth opportunities driven by business model innovations, guest experience, technological improvements and more.

Join us as we explore the opportunities and challenges for investors, owners, operators / property managers, entrepreneurs and service providers in this dynamic and ever changing marketplace.


1.00 – 2.00pm Light lunch: Meet somebody you don’t know and learn something new

2.00 – 2.20pm Welcome + sponsor introductions: What makes short-term rentals today’s most exciting hospitality and real-estate asset class.

Paul Stevens, editor,

 Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier

 2.20 – 2.50pm Investment trends: Valuations, mergers and acquisitions – Who, what, where, next

Moderated by Simon Lehmann, CEO, AJL Atelier

Miguel Nigorra Esteban, partner, Fifth Wall

Morgann Lesné, partner, Cambon Partners

Jeremy Gall, founder and CEO, Breezeway

2.50 – 3.20pm Scaling a short-term rental / hospitality brand: How to build a pan-European VR company

Moderated by Paul Stevens, editor,

Aurelie Lepercq, CEO, Edge Retreats

Veronica Rivas, director international business development, Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy

Karen Hanton MBE, founder,, and co-founder, Pets Pyjamas

3.20 – 3.50pm What’s next for data, tech and AI? Enabling smart short-term rental decisions for enhanced profitability: A look at innovative property, channel management and distribution solutions to maximise efficiency, productivity and demand. what’s next?

Moderated by Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Fausto Vieira da Silva, strategic partnerships lead, PriceLabs

Luca Zambello, CEO, Jurny

Demi Horvat, CEO, AirDNA

3.50 – 5.00pm Tea, coffee and light bites: more time to connect and do business

6.00 – 11.00pm The Shortyz Awards 2023, ArcelorMittal Orbit (additional ticket required, get your tickets here)


In partnership with AJL Atelier

Why attend

We understand time is precious. We believe in the power of knowledge and participation. We provide a less predictable and more provocative conversation. We curate the highest level conversation with a true sense of purpose. We deliver the right network, format and space to elevate your business.

Who attends

Urban Living’s most influential investors / lenders, developers and owners, agents, operators /occupiers, planners, architects and designers, marketers and service providers.

What’s happening later? Join us for The Shortyz Awards 2023 hosted at ArcelorMittal Orbit. Book your tickets here.

Did you know? provides the latest news, opinion and intelligence on the fast-growing, rapidly-evolving short-term / vacation rental industry.

Otherwise known as vacation rentals or holiday lets, our goal is to contribute to the growth of the global short-term rental industry. We endeavour to help rental professionals build their businesses, while successfully navigating the opportunities and challenges facing rental owners, managers and service providers.

Urban Living News [ULN] is the latest hospitality and real estate multi-media b2b platform, by International Hospitality Media [IHM]. It has been launched in response to the increasingly blurred lines between asset classes within urban development.

The website and its associated events examine the latest news and trends in segments including, but not limited to hotels, serviced apartments, BTR, PBSA, senior living, coliving, flexible workspaces and more. ULN focuses on the convergence of these markets and keeps you up to speed with the rapidly evolving ways in which we stay, live and work.

Urban Living Insights: -Short Term Rentalz is being hosted by International Hospitality Media [IHM].