The Shortyz 2020: The Next Steps

UK: As the deadline for submitting nominations for our inaugural Shortyz Awards on 11 March 2020 creeps ever closer, attention now turns to the latter stages of the events process.

Companies and individuals from right across the global short-term and vacation rental industry have been submitting nominations in their droves since the awards were officially announced in September and the entry process was revealed back in November.

Now, just a matter of hours remain before the nominations deadline closes on Friday 31 January 2020 at 23.59 GMT and companies and individuals can stake their claims to be in with a chance of winning one or more of our 13 awards on the night of 11 March.

The event is being hosted as a unique boat party on the Thames aboard the esteemed Bateaux London and it promises to be a landmark evening of celebrations for the industry. The Shortyz is your opportunity to be recognised as a leader in this exciting and booming market.

Here is a summary of the next steps in the Shortyz process:

31 January 2020 – Nominations deadline closes

To submit your individual and company nomination(s), email shortyz@internationalhospitality.media with your name, details of who you are nominating, the category/ies you are nominating an individual / company for, and why that individual or company deserves to win each category ( 200 words max). Alternatively, video submissions [e.g. filmed on mobile phones] lasting no longer than 90 seconds with the same requirements will also be accepted.

Nominating is as easy as 1-2-3! You can also complete as many nomination submissions as you wish and there is no cost.

Week commencing 3 February

Once all of the entries for the Shortyz are submitted, an independent panel of expert judges will be discussing each nomination and assessing it on its merit. The panellists, whose expertise spans the entire short-term rental industry, can be found at the link on our Shortyz event website here.

As head judge, I will be working with my fellow judges to compile shortlists of the best companies and individuals in each category respectively, and each shortlisted entity will advance to the Awards with a chance of winning an award/s at the inaugural Shortyz.

Week commencing 10 February

The week after the judges have met to make their decisions, the final shortlists will be exclusively revealed on ShortTermRentalz before a public vote opens shortly afterwards to determine the eventual winners in each category shortlists. The vote is scheduled to remain open for two weeks for ShortTermRentalz readers to vote for their favourites and more details about this will be revealed in due course.

Week commencing 24 February

The public vote for the winners of the Shortyz categories will close in this week. The winners, however, will not be revealed until the night of the Awards.

11 March – The Shortyz!

The inaugural Shortyz Awards will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020 on Bateaux London, kicking off at 6pm [18:00]. Each award will be presented at the party from their respective shortlists and the results will be published on ShortTermRentalz shortly afterwards. The Awards take place the evening before the Short Stay Show at London ExCel and the Serviced Apartment Awards [the latter also being organised by International Hospitality Media] on 12 March.

To buy a table or individual tickets for the Shortyz, please click here.

The list of award categories is as follows:

  1. Best use of social media
  2. Best App or website solution
  3. Best home automation solution or product
  4. Best ancillary services provider
  5. Best sales and marketing campaign
  6. Best corporate accommodation booking channel
  7. Best OTA / online accommodation booking platform
  8. Eco award
  9. Best property management solution
  10. Best channel manager
  11. Best property management company [10+ units]
  12. Rising star – a promising individual with a bright future
  13. Pioneer award – an individual who has innovated and led the sector in its formative years

View our promotional video for the first-ever Shortyz Awards here. Bear in mind the nominations deadline is 31 January 2020 and no longer 31 December 2019!

Visit our Shortyz event website here. The official event hashtag is #TheShortyz.

You’ve got to be in it to win it, good luck!