We need to lift our game!

Simon Lehman

Simon Lehmann

CEO AJL Consulting

Simon is one of the world’s foremost experts on short-term rental and vacation rental. He leads AJL Atelier, a specialized vacation rental, and business consultancy while also advising multiple companies as Board Member and Executive Chairman.

A sought-after speaker, panelist, and moderator, Simon loves to broach high-level and technical topics alike, from the future trends of short-term rental to the specifics of online distribution in the top 5 OTAs. Previously, Simon was the Co-Founder & Chairman of Vacasa Europe, former President of PhocusWright, and ex-Board member of HomeAway, to name but a few. He’s also an accomplished operator, having led Interhome as CEP, Hotelplan Group Deputy CEO, and Swissport as EVP.

Thursday, 26th May
16.00 – 16.30

After more than two years of a pandemic, the travel industry is still pending to fully recover but there is a glimmer of light in one specific vertical: The short-term rental industry.

Indeed private accommodations are enjoying a lot of momentum since the start of the pandemic and many destinations and businesses have now fully recovered and are looking to make the most of the opportunity ahead of them.

During the last two years, the category awareness has simply doubled and early data shows how much the Short-term rental product is able to turn first-time bookers into repeat guests.

From the outside, it all looks great for short-term rental businesses, but the spotlights are also shedding light on the increasing need for professionalization in our industry, creating and upholding standards, operational or financial in such a fragmented space has always been a challenge, and those going the extra mile to professionalize their businesses are likely to be at the forefront of recovery.

During this keynote, Simon Lehmann will address the current macro trends in the short-term rental industry and dive into what is required for short-term rental businesses to be more successful in the future