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12 Not To Miss Highlights at 2012 Annual Conference

Need another reason to attend the 2012 Annual Conference, Oct. 21-24 at the Arizona Biltmore? Here's not one, but 12 highlights you don't want to miss!



Advance registration closes Oct. 5, 2012; after this date, you'll have to wait and register on-site at the Biltmore. So register now!

1. Education Lineup
The Conference offers a record 56 concurrent education sessions on topics including accounting, human resources, information technology, marketing, operations, sales and business strategy.

2. Keynotes
Three acclaimed keynote speakers that will inform, inspire and entertain, including Todd Davidson, Chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

3. Wednesday Workshops
These interactive, in-depth sessions offer a chance for hands-on learning. The Ask an Expert session includes peer-led roundtable discussions on various topics affecting vacation rental professionals, while the other sessions,"Homing In On Your Brand" and "Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals To Drive Revenue Growth," both promise tangible takeaways you can use to immediately impact your company's bottom line.

4. Win a Trip to London
Make sure to attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 sponsored by Rental Guardian, to have a chance to win a four-night trip for two to London, including airfare! Learn more.

5. Sold-Out Vendor Showcase
The 2012 Annual Conference will feature a sold-out Vendor Showcase with a record number of booths to help you find the services and products you need to become more efficient and maximize guest and homeowner satisfaction. Many vendors are offering prizes at their booths, including iPads, televisions, gift cards and other specialty items!

6. Tuesday Party: Block Party at the Biltmore
Join us as we go back in time for an old-fashioned fair at the historic Arizona Biltmore. Try your hand at your favorite carnival games; enjoy popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones; and dance the night away under the beautiful Arizona sky. From mobsters and swing dancers to Old Hollywood glamour, wear your best 1930s/1940s era costume for a chance to win this year's costume contest prize!

7. Outdoor Activities
Want to explore the Phoenix area? Several hiking trails are located near the Arizona Biltmore. If you would like to meet up with other attendees to hike the Sonoran Desert and Phoenix mountain preserves, contact Besty LaBarge at Betsy@MtHoodRentals.com or 866-794-6813.

Tee times are also available at the Arizona Bilmore's prestigious golf courses. Play with your fellow VRMA members! For more information or to sign up, contact VRMA supplier member Carl Stephenson at carl@gueststream.com. Carl will work to pair players up and coordinate tee times.


8. Member Village
Be sure to stop by the Member Village in the McArthur Foyer, where you can learn more about the association's efforts on your behalf and how you can utilize member benefits. Find out how VRMA membership can save or make your company money, learn about upcoming events, schedule one-on-one public relations consultations, enroll in the Vacation Rental Switch and more!


9. One-on-One PR Consultations
Have questions on how to take your public relations program to the next level? Whether you're looking to refine your PR program or are just getting started, schedule a one-on-one consultation with VRMA's public relations agency, MMGY Global, while visiting the Member Village!


10. Enroll in the Vacation Rental Switch
Online enrollment in the Vacation Rental Switch powered by Pegasus Solutions will be available at the Annual Conference! Learn more in the Member Village.

11. Annual Membership Meeting
Each member company of VRMA may cast one vote to elect Board members during the Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Even if you are not attending the Annual Conference, please review the list of designated voters; if your company is not registered, fill out the voter designation form.

12. #VRMA2012

Don't forget to Tweet about your Annual Conference experience! Join the discussion with hundreds of other attendees by using the hashtag #VRMA2012

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