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KigoWorld ’19: Taking the Vacation Rental Industry Forward Together

In 2018, the inaugural KigoWorld conference in Barcelona inspired innovation and inspiration. When it returned April 1-3, 2019, the event continued to push the boundaries of the vacation rental industry with record attendance, sessions and opportunities.

Missed KigoWorld, or just want to relive the experience? Check out these top conference takeaways:

Gaining knowledge from industry leaders

KigoWorld '19 Keynote featuring Jeremy White

WIRED Magazine Executive Editor Jeremy White kicked off day one of KigoWorld with a dynamic presentation on the evolution of technology. White, who appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News, has written about technology and design for more than ten years and is the technology expert for Telegraph Luxury and Harrods. Before WIRED, he was the digital editor for How To Spend It and the Financial Times. White also was technology editor at Esquire magazine. In his presentation, White addressed the latest industry trends and how vacation rental owners and managers can respond. 

“Concepts” with Matt Landau

Vacation rental industry icon Matt Landau returned for his second year at KigoWorld. Founder of Vacation Rental Marketing Blog and host of popular travel show “Sense of Place”, Landau presented five concepts that each address an important pillar of the independent’s marketing portfolio. Landau included case studies from Kigo customers and other leaders, inspiring the audience with new, creative ideas for approaching vacation rental management.

KigoWorld ’19 Secrets Revealed

Kigo's mission is to empower every short-term rental professional with the innovative technology needed to achieve more,” said Kigo’s Head of Short-Term Rentals Matthew Hoffman on Monday morning. This mission inspired the development of major innovations from Kigo, which KigoWorld attendees witnessed the reveal of on day one. Matt Willis, Head of Product at Kigo, followed Hoffman and demonstrated Kigo’s brand new channel manager. This product is the first of its kind in the industry and is designed to create channel-centric vacation listing strategies.

RealPage Update from Tom Ernst

On Tuesday, RealPage Chief Financial Officer Tom Ernst took the stage to speak about RealPage’s commitment to the vacation rental industry. Ernst shared ways that the company is delivering technology that enables revolutionary new ways of improving business. He affirmed that with RealPage behind it, Kigo is poised to help customers win—not just as a partner or SaaS provider, but as an advocate across the globe.

"As we continue on this journey together, I challenge you to embrace the forefront of what it means to be a short-term rental professional in our rapidly evolving industry," said Ernst. "The new challenges we face will mean new opportunities. This is the time where small, incremental changes can ripple across the travel universe leading to exponential growth for short-term rental accommodation professionals."

Peeking into the Short-Term Rental Crystal Ball with Industry Experts

Day two ended on a high note as global vacation rental leaders took the stage together to discuss the latest in the industry. The panel included:

  • Simon Lehmann, Co-Founder and CEO, AJL Consulting, Ltd.
  • Steve Milo, CEO, VTrips
  • Roger Bisschoff, Head of Distribution, Halldis
  • Matthew Hoffman, Head of Short-Term Rentals, Kigo
  • Andrew Blount, Senior Vice President of Incubation, RealPage

Key topics included new technologies designed to supplement and grow inventory and demand to outpace the hotel industry. They also discussed how to enhance the guest experience, from booking to check out. 

Building meaningful relationships

One of the most powerful components of KigoWorld was the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and develop new friendships. The conference provided peer-to-peer networking opportunities through luncheons, cocktail hours and interactive pre-conference training sessions.

In the Hall of Solutions, KigoWorld attendees received personalized training from Kigo product experts. They also had the opportunity to meet one on one with sponsors like YapStone, Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, Abodeca, RentalGuardian.com, Key Data Dashboard and Beyond Pricing. At the close of the conference, attendees celebrated at the KigoWorld '19 Wrap Party overlooking the beautiful Barcelona skyline from the Hotel Sofia rooftop.

Taking the vacation rental industry forward together

In the words of Matt Landau, “We are leaning ourselves into the growth rate of vacation rentals as a whole.” KigoWorld represented the convergence of the best and brightest in the industry and was a catalyst for continued advancement together. We can’t wait for all that’s ahead at KigoWorld 2020!

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