May 3-4, 2017

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando

The Annual Vacation Rental Managers XTRAVAGANZA Is The Largest Vacation Home Conference Held In The State of Florida.




the 2017 agenda

​​​​​​​Tuesday, May 2nd
4-7 PM: Exhibitor Setup

7:00 PM Meet up for drinks, appetizers and networking at Drafts Sports Bar/Westgate Lakes Resort, ground level from the Xtravaganza Conference Room. 


Wednesday, May 3rd
​7:00 AM - 7:50 AM - Check-in opens

7:55 AM - 8:10 AM - Join Us For Breakfast & Networking! Conference kickoff, opening remarks, sponsor introductions.

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM - Keynote Speaker: Soar 2 Success, with US Army Black Hawk Pilot, Elizabeth McCormick! All attendees will receive her new book, "The P.I.L.O.T. Method", completely free. Join us for her speaking session, then stay for a book signing and meet & greet. Sponsored byXplorie! Make guest experience work for you. Drive bookings, enhance guest loyalty and increase your bottom line with Xplorie. Xplorie creates the best guest experiences by offering free local activities every day they stay with you! Differentiate yourself from the competition with customized activity programs at no additional cost to you. Xplorie, where fun is free!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - The exhibit hall opens with over 70 industry vendors!

​(9:10 AM - 9:25 AM - Theater Presentation "7 Steps to Improve your Reservation Sales Team" by NAVIS)

(9:30 AM - 9:50 AM - Theater Presentation "Knocking it out of the Park - Organic Growth for Vacation Rental Management" by BAREFOOT)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - "The Online Booking Panel" Online Travel Agents and channel partners join us for a riveting discussion about top trends, the future of online bookings and what that change means for owners and managers. Meet our TOP OTA's on this panel: Vinny Dicarlo of Ciirus, Tom Holevas of VR Guest, Michael Powers of Trip Advisor, Mark Spencer of Tripping.com and John Suzuki of HomeAway

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Exhibit Hall Open

(11:05 AM - 11:25 AM - Theater Presentation "Emerging Technology in the Vacation Rental Industry" by CIIRUS)

(11:30 AM - 11:50 AM - Theater Presentation “Payment Processing: It’s All About YOUR Money!” by ASCENT PROCESSING)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch & Live Industry Twitter Feed with our industry partners (#FVRMA17): Join us as we set Twitter on fire directly from the Xtravaganza with our partners from around the globe. This is the first vacation rental industry Twitter event of its kind. Tweet along with us!

1:05 PM - 2:00 PM - The Top Legal Do's and Don'ts for Vacation Rental Managers with Keith Brady, plus simple things you can do by yourself, today! Walk away with new action items for your business. Plus a chance to win $1,000 in legal work!

(2:30 PM - 2:55 PM - Theater Presentation "Why Streamline?! TOP 10 FEATURES! Find out what makes Streamline the most dynamic vacation rental software in the industry! Free gift for all attendees!" by STREAMLINE)

(3:00 PM - 3:25 PM - Theater Presentation "Top Website Conversion Strategies to Drive Online Bookings" by ICND)

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Refreshment Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Hubspot Partner & Presenter,George Tsafonias: Google Ranking Factors That You Must Know To Win Online & Increase Direct Bookings

 

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Island Reception: All inclusive with your Xtravaganza ticket. This is an on-site luau themed event with entertainment from Netane Polynesian Production. Food, open bar, dancers, and of course... FIRE!


Thursday, May 4th
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Check-in and breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - The Realities for Florida's Destination Marketing Efforts? Join Us For A Situational Assessment About Tourism Trends and New Realties for Florida's Destination Tourism & Vacation Rental Industry Connectivity.

Federal, State and local politics are adding to an already disruptive destination travel marketplace both in Florida and abroad. This ongoing turmoil is leaving a void in the overall travel marketplace and in its wake big questions about what's next and what the future holds for our industry and tourism marketing in general.

This presentation includes a situational assessment of our current market, new trends and discussion with our local and statewide Destination marketing partners. DT Minich, CEO from
Experience Kissimmeejoins our panel discussion along with Rembert Vonk of Excellent Vacation Homes, Mike Greer of RA Hospitality, and Paul Hayes of Rent Key West

Ralf Garrison, the founder of
DestiMetrics will spearhead this General Session discussion topic at the Xtravaganza May 4th at 8 AM. Established in 2004, DestiMetrics specializes in leisure travel destinations' non-hotel lodging, including condominiums, time shares, vacation rentals, and rent by owner markets, and currently provides research based market intelligence to dozens of destinations and resorts, hundreds of lodging properties and several thousand subscribers.

This is a general session opportunity that you will not want to miss at this years VRM Xtravaganza. Vacation Rentals throughout Florida continue to be a growing hospitality market and we need to stay part of the overall tourism/hospitality marketing discussion.

 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM - Prize Giveaways

(9:10 AM - 9:25 AM - Theater Presentation "Scaling Access Management For Properties" by Lockstate)

9:30 AM - 9:55 AM - Guest Speaker Deborah S. Nelson, publisher-writer with over 16 books in circulation related to the vacation rental industry and travel. Deborah will cover "The Vacation Rental Guest DNA", "What makes them book", "What keeps them coming back" and "Do you have a niche"

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Refreshment Break

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - Meet the Marketing Pro's: This group of marketing professionals deliver top trends and marketing techniques to get you noticed and drive traffic to your business. This is a must for all VRM's. Panelists include Alisa Holmes of Bluetent, Vanessa Humes of ICND, Lisa Lilly Blizzard Internet Marketing and Pam Moore ofThe Marketing Nutz as they talk about marketing techniques, the use of social media, and more. This panel will be moderated by Bill Hennighan of VS Media

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Exhibit Hall Open

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM - Meet the Revenue Management Pro's: Top industry professionals from various industry segments relay the tips and tricks that work to deliver a higher yield for managers and owners. Increase your bottom line with these targeted revenue building techniques. Join Stephen Green of NAVIS, Rembert Vonk of Excellent Vacation Homes, Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris of Great Ocean Condos, and Ian McHenry of Beyond Pricing for this panel discussion.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Closing Remarks/Show Close

get ready for an event that will BLOW YOU AWAY!