United States: The first-ever Vacation Rental Women’s Summit will take place at New Orleans’ Ritz-Carlton hotel across two days in February 2019.
The event, presented by VRM Intel Magazine and the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA), will host 500 professionals, more than 50 educational sessions, keynote presentations and networking events for women working in the short-term rental industry from 19 February to 20 February.
The registration to sign up for the summit is open at VacationRentalWomen.com until 10 February and costs $749 per person until 30 November.
CEO of VRM Intel, Amy Hinote, said: “From beach to mountain destinations, women dominate all areas of the on-the-ground vacation rental industry and face a unique set of challenges. Our objective is to bring the smartest and most influential women in the industry together to inspire and empower attendees and discuss high-level topics facing the vacation rental sector.”
There will also be an array of keynote speakers present at the summit, including the Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic author, Elizabeth Gilbert; Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the Eighth Countess of Carnarvon and guardian of Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle; and chief product officer at HomeAway, Tina Weyand.
Hinote said: “Elizabeth has been inspiring women to be bold and creative for decades and is a true voice of our generation, and Lady Carnarvon exemplifies true hospitality in the most authentic way I have ever witnessed.
“Weyand is making a rare public appearance and is one of the most highly accomplished and influential leaders in our industry. They exemplify the power and success of women not only in vacation rentals but in all sectors, and it’s an honour to have them joining us at the summit,” she added.
The summit will hold a number of sessions and presentations covering themes such as the art of delegating, exit strategies, interviews with successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, building an influential executive presence, disruptive versus traditional models, navigating risk and competition, hospitality and customer service, and more.
In addition, there will be hands-on workshops, peer group discussions, and focus groups, and finally an awards ceremony to recognise the pioneering women who helped build up the short-term rental industry.
The networking events will be themed too, in order to celebrate New Orleans’ culture and the keynote speakers.
These include a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party sponsored by Red Sky Travel Insurance, a French Quarter Brunch sponsored by RealPage’s Kigo, a Downton Abbey High Tea sponsored by HomeAway Software, and the Eat, Pray, Love Lunch sponsored by CBIZ.
Blizzard Internet Marketing, Bluetent, and TruPlace will sponsor the New Orleans summit.