Nothing breathes fresh life into the Kigo business like attending travel conferences and meeting new friends. Although podcasts, webinars and email are certainly educational or helpful, face-to-face opportunities facilitate invaluable connections and lasting personal impressions. Travel conferences also allow us to hear industry experts give inspiring presentations about new international trends and developments.
Want to gain indispensable knowledge you can apply to your own vacation rental business? Get away from your desk and join us! If you have specific problems to solve or questions you wish to ask, there are many opportunities to learn. Many travel conferences include small workshops where everyone is encouraged to share a challenge for the group to solve. Plus, there are always question and answer sessions after each individual presentation. The conference floor is packed with hundreds of startup companies, vendors and corporate travel companies waiting for the opportunity to chat with you.
The Kigo team will live up to their globetrotting reputation this year and will attend a number of industry conferences. Want to know how to find us? Look for the Kigo booth on the conference floor. We would love to say “Hello” or “Ciao” or “Hola!”
What: ITB Berlin is touted as “the world’s leading travel trade show,” a pinnacle travel business platform and “think tank” for global tourism. Visitors can choose from 400 speaking presentations and 200 program events. Global tourism lectures place you at the nucleus of cutting-edge industry knowledge. Additionally, their webinars and workshops explain how to target diverse customer segments such as gay and lesbian travel. ITB also offers an interesting bonus - the ITB Virtual Marketplace where you can search vendors. Given the size and breadth of this conference, we recommend you check out the top 10 tips and links and organize your schedule in advance.
Where: Messe Berlin in Berlin, Germany
When: 7-10 March 2018
What: Attending VRMA is one of the best ways to increase vacation rental management knowledge through highly-focused learning. Specialized classes will lead you through topics like increasing guest bookings, social media marketing and improving customer experiences - all for the holiday rental market.
Where: Le Meridien Etoile in Paris, France
When: 4-6 March 2018
What: Designed specifically to help vacation rental professionals succeed, VRMA Eastern is a worthy investment. It’s a highly recommended place to meet colleagues with similar challenges you can solve together. Sessions include experts speaking on social media, customer service, revenue models and guest rental agreements. Most importantly, VRMA allows you to join a global vacation rental management community. Experience opportunities to create lasting business connections, discover new skills and most importantly - improve sales.
Where: Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida
When: 16-17 April 2018
What: VRMA’s Western Regional Conference offers educational training and networking opportunities targeted specifically to vacation rental managers and executives. Sessions span trending topics in accounting/finance, human resources, social media marketing and customer service. This conference is a great fit for those interested in focused learning rather than massive global travel conferences.
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon
When: 26-27 March 2018
What: This year, we’re celebrating Kigo’s 10-year anniversary with an inaugural KigoWorld conference in Barcelona! Join us for three action-packed days of educational sessions, networking, expert panels, and in-depth training. No matter your level of experience in short-term rentals, this conference will inspire and equip you to amplify your business efforts.
Where: World Trade Center in Barcelona, Spain
When: 25-27 April 2018
What: Vacation rental leaders are in for a truly unforgettable experience at RealWorld 2018. A leading event for property management professionals across verticals, the conference features cutting-edge insights from some of the biggest names in the industry. Don’t miss the hands-on training, peer-to-peer networking and educational sessions in one of the most exciting cities in the nation!
Where: Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
When: 15-17 July 2018
(Editor’s note- we have updated and republished this article to benefit readers new to the Kigo blog.)