Webinars

RockSTRz Series Two 2021 webinars return with a brand new set of webinar topics and speakers.

Join editor Paul Stevens as he discuss the topics on everyone’s minds in the year ahead with a stellar lineup of industry thought leaders. Join the 1,000+ short term rental professionals who registered for our first webinar series in 2020, as we go up another gear in ambition and scope for 2021 – and they are no cost to join too!

Sponsoring our RockSTRz webinars is a great way to engage with our audiences – click this link for more information.

2 March [4pm GMT]: “Pitch to Paul” – Dragon’s Den style investment session

Time to strap your boots, get excited and start scouring for the next big ‘game changing’ short term rental business. 3 startups get the chance of a lifetime, pitching ‘live’ in front of Paul Stevens, editor, and a set of distinguished investors, influential media, and the ShortTermRentalz.com global audience who want to support the world’s most promising travel and hospitality startups.

Contributors:

Startups:

You will learn:

  • What type of startups are seeking investment
  • Start up business model innovations
  • What startup investors are looking for
  • ‘Live’ examples of how to pitch for investment
  • Investor funds available

Register HERE

 

4 May [4pm BST]: The changing landscape of reviews

Contributors:

Satyan Joshi, Product Lead, EMEA, Google

You will learn:

  • The importance of genuine review aggregation
  • How businesses can improve credibility, SEO and conversion rates
  • The role that platforms such as TripAdvisor will play in the ‘new normal’
  • What, more than ever, travellers will be expecting in terms of standards from their accommodation

Register HERE

 

18 May [4pm BST]: “Tech this out”: tapping into the traveller psyche

Contributors: TBC

You will learn:

  • How companies are keeping themselves ‘top of mind’ by prioritising traveller needs
  • The latest trends in contactless technology and increased automation
  • Which innovations in technology are built to last and how it will shift
  • How tech convergence will continue to shape the industry

Register HERE

 

1 June [4pm BST]: How will sustainability define the future of the sector?

Contributors: TBC

You will learn:

  • The rise in eco travel coinciding with the growth of domestic travel
  • How Covid is leading travellers to consider their travel behaviours and shift towards responsible consumption
  • How businesses can prioritise profitability over revenue
  • The “uncomfortable truths” that businesses that companies need to learn from the Covid-19 crisis

Register HERE

 

Previous webinars:

RockSTRz 2.0 Webinars

16 February [4pm GMT]: The convergence between short-term rentals, serviced apartments and hotels in 2021 [SPONSORED BY GUESTY]

Contributors:

You will learn:

  • Whether short-term rentals can overtake hotels as a dominant asset class
  • New emerging business models that combine aspects of both hotels, serviced apartments and short-term rentals
  • How short-term rental businesses are standardising their services and operations to mirror hotels and serviced apartments
  • What Airbnb’s intervention in the hotels segment will mean for the convergence of the two sectors

View recording HERE

2 February [4pm GMT]: Guest wellness, wellbeing and safety protocols on and off property

Into the New Year and under a stressed economy guests tend to re-evaluate their priorities and focus on their health and quality of life. This webinar will look at how vacation rentals can capture their guest’s desire for wellness, wellbeing and safety protocols and compliance while also seeing a return on their investment. Contributors will look at strategies that generate measurable business results to drive both experience and revenue. Technology advances that will influence wellbeing and wellness experiences in future vacation rentals and in-room equipment – a necessity rather than a luxury.

Contributors:

View recording HERE

RockSTRz 1.0 Webinars

3 December [4pm GMT]: Trendsetters: Short Term Rental Trends 2021 [sponsored by Party Squasher]

Just over 11 months ago, I made my 2020 predictions for the short-term rental industry, when, unbeknownst to all of us, a global pandemic was around the corner, triggering one of the most challenging yet transformative years in history for travel and hospitality.

This year in pure 2020 style – I will be outlining the trends for 2021 across the industry in a LIVE webinar discussion and joining me in making these forecasts for what lies ahead in 2021 are:

Contributors:

  • Bob Garner, owner, Casal Dei Fichi
  • Vered Raviv Schwarz, president and COO, Guesty
  • Jeremy Gall, founder and CEO, Breezeway
  • Bill Evans, CEO, Party Squasher by BlueZoo

Topics discussed:

  • A breakdown of the major trends to be expected in the short-term rental space in 2021
  • The rise of eco travel in 2021 and the push for sustainability
  • The increase in quality control as a result of Covid-19
  • How Airbnb’s IPO will increase regulation of the short-term rental industry
  • The continuation of tech convergence

Watch the recording HERE

 

27 October: Around the world in 60 mins: What has the industry learned from the pandemic and what are the next steps for recovery?

Contributors:

  • Jeff Hurst, President and co-lead of marketing at Expedia Group and President of Vrbo
  • Raj Kamal, CEO, OYO Vacation Homes
  • Paul Mallee, co-founder and managing director, Maison Privee
  • T.J. Clark, co-founder and CEO, TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Topics discussed:

  • Challenges faced during the pandemic and solutions found to address them
  • How has customer behaviour shifted since the start of Covid-19?
  • What are the opportunities for expansion and growth in this sector?
  • Trends that will become prevalent over the coming year and beyond
  • What the impact of the coronavirus crisis means for the future of the vacation rental segment

Watch the recording HERE

 

13 October: The rise of bespoke booking channels

Contributors:

  • Anthony J. Gantt Jr., Marine Major, and founder and CEO, At Ease Rentals
  • Victoria O’Connell, CEO and co-founder, Golightly
  • Nancy McAleer, co-founder, Florida Rentals By Owners [FLARBO]
  • Frank Reeves, co-founder and CEO, Avvio.com

Topics discussed:

  • Reasons for the rise of bespoke channels and subscription models
  • What vacation rentals can learn from the hotel space in terms of retention of bookings
  • Book Direct: Is it a realistic strategy moving forward or is OTA distribution essential?
  • Scalability of bespoke booking channels
  • Niche channels that could arise in the future and how existing ones will have to adapt to evolving preferences

Watch the recording HERE

 

1 October: Which business models will succeed in a post-Covid world?

Contributors:

  • Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Henrik Kjellberg, CEO, Awaze
  • Anna Skigin, CEO and co-founder, Frank Porter
  • Jesse DePinto, co-founder and chief product officer, Frontdesk

Topics discussed:

  • Challenges faced and opportunities for pivoting or restructuring
  • Essential leadership qualities during a global lockdown
  • The future of self-catered accommodation v managed vacation rentals
  • How businesses will need to leverage technology to survive
  • How business models will continue to evolve

Watch the recording HERE

 

15 September: Humanity v technology: how will tech adoption accelerate the professionalisation of the industry?

Contributors:

  • Margot Schmorak, CEO and co-founder, Hostfully
  • Michael Driedger, CEO, Operto
  • Filipa Leitão de Aguiar, founder and CEO of Rent4Rest
  • Terry Whyte, owner of Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Topics discussed:

  • How to establish a guest relationship and not lose the personal touch
  • The importance of picking the right property management system
  • How technology is tied in with providing a consistent guest experience
  • The impact Airbnb’s IPO will have on property managers
  • How attitudes have changed towards technology within the short-term rental space since the start of the pandemic
  • Predictions for the future – will Covid-19 present more challenges or opportunities for tech enhancement

Watch the recording HERE

 

If you would like to participate in the second series of RockSTRz, please contact paul@internationalhospitality.media.