Call for Presentations

2016 European Seminar
7-8 March 2016 
Hotel Melia Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain


Call for Presentations Now Open

Presentation proposals are due 6 November 2016.

As VRMA strives for educational excellence, we seek presenters who have a passion for their topics to further the industry. A wide variety of sessions are needed, from those presenting cutting edge thought leadership to those providing tactical application of the fundamentals.

VRMA's volunteer European Seminar Planning Committee, comprised of vacation rental professionals representing a variety of company sizes, locations and models, takes its role in vetting proposals very seriously. Once all the presentations have been submitted, each committee member carefully evaluates and scores each and every submission based on feedback from past attendees, relevance to audience, and key take-a-ways. Scores are then compiled and ranked so that the committee can determine which sessions further the mission of  VRMA.  The committee strives to offer education on a variety of applicable topics and a balanced blend of both managers and supplier/vendors presenters..  Learn more.

2016 European Seminar Format

The European Seminar Planning Committee has developed a list of suggested topics for presentations. This list is only a starting point; other ideas are welcome. 

The European Seminar will feature a total of 12 concurrent educational sessions on a variety of topics; programming will be offered in 6 session blocks with 2 breakout sessions per block.

Below is a list of suggested topics:
  • Accounting/Finance/Legal Issues 
    • Measurements and forecasting
    • Keeping up with changing credit card processing regulations
    • Rental regulations
    • Estate planning
    • Risk management
  • Business Strategy
    • Competitive analysis
    • Market Trends
    • Establishing new revenue sources
    • Visioning
    • Leadership development
    • Distribution/pricing strategies
    • Selecting vendors and holding them accountable
  • Human Resources/ Information Technology 
    • Identifying critical skills for each department within your company
    • Hiring, firing, and training staff based on essential skills needed
    • Implementing practices that ensure safety of staff members
    • Utilizing performance reviews to improve productivity
    • Emerging technology trends
    • Tools and processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Marketing
    • SEM
    • Social media
    • Branding
    • Website development
    • Other online advertising
    • Public relations
    • Traditional (non-web) advertising
    • Distribution strategy
  • Property Services/Quality Control
    • Best practices within the areas of housekeeping, maintenance, laundry, pools/hot tubs
    • Training staff on skills necessary to perform their duties most effectively and holding staff accountable to standard practices
    • Effective and efficient operational processes
    • Managing inventory of tools and supplies
    • Chargeability of property services functions
    • Evaluating benefits of in-house versus outsourced services
    • Inspections
    • Interior design
    • Owner relations
  • Sales
    • Reservations
    • Group sales for weddings and events
    • Creating profitable concierge or guest services
    • Exceptional customer service
    • Driving new revenue


For additional information about the format and selection process, visit the Call for Presentations Frequently Asked Questions page.


Proposal Guidelines

All proposals are due 6 November.

Presenters will be notified by 31 December if their presentation has been selected. 

Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by a group of presenters. The European Seminar Committee encourages group presentations to include individuals from multiple companies.

Please note that the person listed as the First Presenter in the form will be the primary contact for VRMA staff and Planning Committee volunteers; during proposal review, the first presenter will be responsible for the coordination of any supplemental material requested by the Planning Committee and will be the person contacted regarding proposal selection or rejection. If selected, the First Presenter will also be responsible for the coordination of the session. 


Presentation Format

All concurrent sessions will be 60 minutes in length. 

All concurrent session meeting rooms will be equipped with the following:
  • LCD projector & screen (presenters must provide their own computers)
  • Lavaliere or hand-held microphone for presenters