All those summer guests have packed up and headed home. School is in session, and the gorgeous fall weather is inviting you outside.
Seems like a great chance for vacation rental managers to catch your breath.
Not so fast! VRM conference season is in full swing.
“Off season”? Yeah right. Who needs it. J Time to get ready for 2015!
HomeAway’s Stephen DeBernede sums up the conference very well…
RezFest 2014 may have been the best PM conference HomeAway Software has ever put together. Between the big industry news announcing HomeAway’s Expanded Distribution Network with Expedia.com, fantastic positive customer feedback on session quality, networking between vacation rental managers and the fun we had over three days in Nashville, all expectations were surpassed. So, thank you to all in attendance for making it such a success!
As a whole, the vacation rental industry is growing and maturing at a lightning pace. The management practices and technology of today were a distant dream only a few years ago.
It’s a challenge to stay current, and the fall conference season is the perfect opportunity to get a feel for trends, network with like-minded managers, and brush up on industry education.
The industry conferences demonstrate this maturing process very well. Limited education, repetitive content and too much socializing has morphed into an abundance of educational opportunities for all levels of employees, great variety in topics covered, and a fantastic balance of work/play.
A short time ago, the VRMA conferences were the only game in town, and we now have vendor specific conferences like RezFest that are helping to move the industry to an entirely new level of professionalism.
Once again, HomeAway’s RezFest has raised the bar with the perfect mix of excitement for the future and education in the present. Attendees had the opportunity to hear the strategic plans for HomeAway, while at the same time learning how to leverage their current systems for maximum efficiency. And as an added benefit, Nashville is a pretty cool town.
The sessions were far too numerous to recap, but it’s safe to say attendees left Nashville with a level of excitement (and a full to-do list) that will carry them into the New Year…or at least the next conference.
Looking forward to seeing you at the National VRMA conference in San Diego in a few weeks. The VRM hits just keep on coming!
By Adam Norko