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 attend more than nine travel 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: Network with huge tour operators, travel agencies, carrier companies, hotel and lodging representatives and residential tourism firms. FITUR also features no shortage of travel media, press and International tourism boards. Travel industry professionals can browse the fair free of charge (with proof of registration and industry credentials.) Check out their 15 Reasons to Attend.
Where: Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain
When: 18-22 January 2017
Find Kigo: Hall 8, Stand 8F11
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 (Berlin Expo Center City)
When: 8-12 March 2017
Find Kigo: Hall 5.1, Stand 117B
What: Attending VRMA is one of the best ways to increase vacation rental management knowledge through highly-focused learning. Just 12 specialized classes will lead you through topics like increasing guest bookings, social media marketing and improving customer experiences - all for the holiday rental market. Check out the Education Sessions. Matt Hoffman, VP of Kigo, will present a session entitled “Curating an Exceptional Customer Experience” and explain how to maintain optimal efficiency through the entire customer journey:"In vacation rental management, every step is crucial, from the moment guests visit your website to the second they exit the front door of your property to head home. Providing an unforgettable experience is paramount for all, whether you’re a small business owner, new to the vacation rental space, an industry empire, or major brand. The bar has been raised for service and operational efficiency, and managers must adapt quickly to keep up with market and customer demands. Is your business slipping behind market standards without you even knowing?".
Where: Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
When: 12-14 March 2017
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. View the Education Sessions for VRMA Eastern to find information most relevant to your business.
Where: Westin Savannah Harbor
When: 27-28 March 2017
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. 400 attendees visited VRMA Western last year, making it a great fit for those interested in focused learning rather than massive global travel conferences. Check out the Education Sessions.
Where: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim CA
When: 8-9 May 2017
What: Vacation rental leaders are in for a truly unforgettable experience at RealWorld 2017. 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, Las Vegas NV
When: 16-18 July 2017
What: Touted as the “main International B2B tourism exhibition,” TTG Incontri is an unmissable event for global travel professionals. It’s the show with the most travel destinations represented (130) and has more travel agents than any other show. Get to know the entire global tourism trade amongst the largest crowd of international travel professionals anywhere. Business crosses various sectors because the whole tourism value chain is present. Check out the Complete Program.
Where: Rimini Fiera Expo Centre in Rimini, Italy
When: 12-14 October 2017
What: Throughout its history, the Vacation Rental Managers Association National Conference has offered exceptional education, networking and entertainment opportunities. Few details on the 2017 conference are available today, but we can assume there will be personalized educational sessions, ample networking opportunities and a focused event schedule geared at improving your vacation rental business. Keep checking the website for updates.
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: 15-18 October 2017
What: World Travel Market in London is a must-do trip for most travel industry professionals. Picture the ultimate mega-conference with over 50,000 travel professionals from 182 countries. The exhibition floor is organized by country so you can browse internationally. It’s a networking forum where one can choose his own adventure, whether it be learning/education, networking and digital innovation. Feel free to select learning tracks such as Technology, Digital and Responsible Tourism. Endless opportunities abound.
Where: ExCeL London
When: 6-8 November 2017