HomeAway’s 2018 RezFest was located this year in the beautiful and sunny Marco Island. This was unlike any other RezFest previous as this year it was open to all property management companies no matter what PMS they have decided to use. Previously this event was offered only to users on either the V12 or Escapia platforms, working with CiiRUS another PMS we were excited to get the invite to such a new and groundbreaking event that HomeAway has decided to set up. RezFest itself was jam-packed with excellent keynotes from industry leaders such as other Heads of Property Management Softwares. With the addition of some panels that included the heads of each different PMS at the conference. These industry leaders provided individual training, sessions, and tips aimed to help the Property Managers successfully improve their business.
Coming into my first RezFest I was surprisingly anxious and honestly not too sure of what to expect, but quickly I was pleasantly surprised. The cordialness and togetherness from each technology company in the room really stood out to me the most. One of the keynote speakers stated “the tides rise higher when together” meaning us as an industry needs to all stick together to rise higher or else we will fall together as a whole. I was able to meet some fantastic Property Managers from all over the world and teach them something new to take back to their respective businesses. Furthermore, we were able to bring back new business to our company as well. HomeAway brought together some of the biggest names in the industry and brought them together in one hall and pulled off what I have to say was one of the best trade shows I have ever been to and has raised the bar in my standards.
My biggest takeaways from the event were that as an industry whole we must stick together to continue to grow the Vacation Rental Industry. What it takes to be a Property Manager is some serious work and dedication.
All in all, I am excited to see what next year’s RezFest will be like. I had the opportunity to shake hands with Senior Vice President of Sales at HomeAway John Suzuki and President of the Expedia Group Aman Bhutani and thank them for allowing CiiRUS Vacation Rental Software to be at such a fantastic event. We are excited to grow a more impactful relationship with all of our fellow technology partners in the Vacation Rental Industry especially HomeAway and Expedia Group.