HOST 2019 – Event Guide & Top Picks for new Short Stay conference

The global vacation rental market is booming. HOST is a new & unmissable event.

With the global vacation rental market projected to reach £167.9bn in 2019, this is a prime opportunity for growing your business, and increasing your profitability.  We’re we are looking forward to exhibiting at this exciting new Conference at the Business Design Centre on 31st Oct – 1st Nov 2019.

HOST 2019 is a dedicated launchpad for learning about this industry, through bootcamp workshops, keynote sessions and conference speakers. You will have the opportunity to meet partners and explore the latest technology to maximise your efficiency, and network with other stakeholders through one to one meetings and roundtable sessions.

To make the most of this two day conference, you will need to plan ahead! Here is a handy guide to the event so that you don’t miss any of the best bits:

HOST will be split over five conference theatres, each covering a specific business driver:

1. Business Strategy & Growth

 

This stage will cover all aspects of the vacation rental market dynamics & statistics and what this means for the whole business of hosting. It will showcase insights from Continental Europe and North America and look at the Entrepreneurial opportunities in Europe and the UK. It will also cover the fundamentals of buy-to-host investment and working with property consultants and include case studies across urban accommodation, ski-lodges, yacht charters

Here are some top picks we will be watching out for:

‘The acquisition storm – what will the industry look like in 5 years?’ – Simon Lehmann, Founder, AJL Consulting

Panel: ‘Beaches, Biometrics & Bots: The future of travel’ – lead by James Cassidy, Homeaway

‘Urban vs rural market dynamics’ – Pierre Becerill, Founder, Transparent Intelligence

Competing with the influx of properties on the market’ – Will Ashworth, CEO, Watergate Bay Hotel

2. Technology & Innovation

This stage will look into all the latest advances in technology and how it can be harnessed to streamline your business. This will cover everything from your website, cloud-based management systems, revenue optimisation, to home automation for security & comfort and latest maintenance solutions. It will also cover customer verification systems, use of block chain and harnessing big data and analytics for decision making.

Key Speakers to look out for:

‘From cleaning toilets to $60m’ – Amiad Soto, Co-founder & CEO, Guesty

‘The Human touch vs technology: finding the right balance’ – Michael Hillier, General Manager, The Hilton

‘How to automate your check-ins and manage your keys remotely’ – Marc Figueras, Co-founder, Keynest

3. Marketing, Distribution & Sales

 

Come to this stage to look at your customer journey, branding and how to increase conversions and build lifetime customers. Learn how to make your property shine in a busy market using a great website, compelling content and clever digital remarking

Watch out for:

‘Making your property sing in a noisy, noisy world’ – Kent Lindvall, Founder, Treehotel

‘Branding and a great customer proposition’ – Andrew Fowler, Co-founder, Locke

‘Making your website look and feel great‘ – Alan Egan, Founder, Vacation Soup

4. Regulation, Finance & Tax

This stage will show you how to get the hang of dynamic pricing, how to finance your buy-to-host and all the latest regulations affecting your business. It will also cover all the fundamentals of tax and insurance and some of the latest technology around payment processing and fraud prevention.

These are the key presentations which we will be watching:

‘What regulation is doing to the future of your business and what you can do about it’ – Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality

‘Dynamic pricing, and how to work it’ – Ian Coles, Trading Director, easyHotel Plc

‘Key health and safety laws that are often overlooked’ – Kurt Janson, Director, Tourism Alliance

5. Business Partnerships

 

In an industry where quality partnerships are crucial, this stage will show you how to assess potential partners, how to maximise the value of your platform partner and how to assess and select technology partners. Also lots of tips on how to manage your manager.

Dont miss:

‘Working with and selecting Technology partners’ – Richard Vaughton, CEO, Rentivo

‘Monetising on your guests’ total travel budget’ – Natalee Pfeifer, VP Growth, GuestForce

‘Deciding which listing site is best for you’ – Simon Bennet, Owner, Augill Castle

And while mentioning Partnerships, don’t forget to look out for the interactive roundtable workshops, and peer to peer networking opportunities. With over 2000 attendees and 200 conference speakers you will come away with all the tools you need to grow your business in this exciting market.

Don’t forget to drop by the Keyzapp stand 86 to learn all about how smart key management can streamline your business and save you money every day, we very much look forward to meeting you there!

Facilities Show 2019: What to look out for

Are you heading to the Facilities Show this year?

With over 100 CPD Conference & Training sessions, a Workplace Wellbeing Show, a Smart Buildings Expo and many fun networking experiences for FMs, including Virtual Golf and the Games Arcade you will need to plan your time wisely!

Keyzapp is exhibiting at the Facilities Show for the first time this year, and with so much going on we have summarised the key elements off the show and picked some of the top highlights so that you don’t miss out!

Click here to claim your free VIP ticket courtesy of Keyzapp!

The Smart Buildings Expo

This exciting Expo is dedicated to workplace technology, smart building technology and field service technology. In addition to Experience, Educate and Consult elements, there will be FM suppliers showcasing their latest technology innovations. Don’t forget to drop by the Keyzapp stand on FM6088 – help yourself to some of our Pick & Mix and see how much time you can save by getting a good key and asset management system in place.

The Smart Buildings Expo, includes three main sections:

Experience – a walking tour of a full size replica of a smart office built on the show floor. Built in partnership with Master Systems Integrators Vanti, they will be on hand to explain each piece of technology.

Educate – The Workplace Technology Theatre will be packed with content for IoT decision makers, FM’s considering implementing technology into their assets – and anyone who wants to see the benefits technology can bring.

Consult– Speak to experts in pre-arranged meetings to get independent advice on where to start, how to retrofit and how to avoid the common pitfalls.

If you would like to know more, click here to register and download the Smart Buildings e-book ahead of the event.

The Inspirational Speakers

Steph McGovern – 18thJune at 11.30

Steph talks about how she went from working as an apprentice engineer at Black & Decker in Durham to becoming an award-winning financial journalist and BBC household name.
Having broadcast from over 600 organisations around the country, Steph will explain what she thinks it takes to be a good business and how to weather the economic and political storm.
On top of this Steph will be talking about why we need to value skills more in the UK and the importance of vocational training. Plus, what she has learnt from some of her biggest interviews, which includes President Trump.

Eddie the Eagle – 19thJune at 11.30

Eddie talks about Courage & Risk.

What is courage? Is it just about a willingness to take risks, or is it more about being willing to face your fears? What about perseverance, failing but getting up and trying again? And then there’s the courage required to try something new or to try to see things differently. Sometimes the old view is comforting. Sometimes telling yourself that doing something big or rising to the challenge is impossible. Sometimes, it’s so much easier to find an excuse than to find the courage and take the risk.

There is always the risk of failing when you’re trying something new. And in the case of Eddie the Eagle, his ambitions also put him at risk of severe injury. Not landing the 90-meter jump at the Calgary Winter Olympics could have had terrible consequences. But actually, his most serious injury was caused by something completely different.

Jonny Wilkinson – 20thJune at 11.30

Arguably one of the best-known rugby players in the world, Jonny Wilkinson famously kicked the drop goal that won England the World Cup with just seconds left in the final. He then went on to be rated as one of the best players in the world in both internationals and at club level with Newcastle and Toulon.

Much of Jonny’s success on the field, however, took its psychological toll. He has dealt with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. In this honest, unguarded speech Jonny will recount how his focus and dedication to the sport he loves meant overlooking important parts of his life. He will consider what that experience has taught him about mental health and will talk about his personal journey to acceptance.

Make sure you register ahead to secure your place at one of the talks

Training Sessions & Panel discussions top picks

And with over 100 training sessions and panel discussions split between three different theatres, not to mention the co-located shows across the FIREX, IFSEC & Safety & Health Expo, here are a few of our top picks from The Facilities Show not to be missed. Remember to scan your badge on the way in to collect your CPD certificate:

Panel: Technology as a force for change – We are technology companies, aren’t we?

18thJune at 11.40 – 12.25

Technology has always played a role in shaping the FM profession and the broader facilities services industry within which the profession operates. Therefore; this panel debate will explore further the understanding of how technology will shape the FM profession in the future but also what’s happening right here and now.

Between Hype and Reality: Connectivity and Integration

18thJune at 14.25 – 14.55

The Internet of Things is the buzzword of the moment but there is an often overlooked chasm between the hype around it and the reality of integrating this technology into day-to-day business processes. As housing associations pressure field service companies into becoming truly connected and providing the end consumer with a tightly knit digital experience, who exactly is going to foot the bill for implementing the technology? Jason’s experience with Oprillo, a business venture that aimed to connect domestic infrastructures with field service companies using IoT tech under the end consumer’s control, showed him that there is a perfect fantasy world and there is the ambivalent present. During this panel, he’ll use his unique insight to explore the level we are at now, in terms of connectivity and integration, where we’ll be in 5 years, and the technology that will bridge the chasm.”

How not to integrate technology in buildings -avoiding the pitfalls others have already made

19thJune at 11.00 – 11.30

This session will cover the current state of the Smart building industry as well as:
– Common mistakes people make when selecting technology
– The importance of considering UX (user experience) in technology design and selection
– When to think about ‘Smart’ in the context of a building’s construction or fit-out programme

Creating next-generation collaborative work environments

19thJune at 15.45 – 16.15

Formal and informal collaboration spaces are dominating new office environments. Technology is a vital component in these new work settings. Creating spaces for employees to effectively meet, share information and innovate is an imperative for company productivity, yet many IT and facilities organisations struggle designing, deploying and managing these critical assets.

In this session, we will examine the trends that are driving the explosive growth of collaborative workspaces and share a practical approach for building a winning business case for technology. We will also show how space design, furnishings and technology come together to create more innovative and engaging places for people to work, and discuss the role standardisation plays in eliminating complexity, reducing costs, improving productivity and driving adoption.

Smart Workspaces – People, Technology, and the Built Environment

20thJune at 11.55 – 12.20

Over 60% of buildings that will be standing in 2050 have already been built. With the growth of Smart Buildings, it is no surprise that Facility Managers today are expected to be more IT-savvy. This poses several interesting challenges to the role of the Facility Manager, firstly due to the vast amounts of data generated, which is far too much to consume and understand with a siloed work approach and without tools and applications to assist.

This presentation will discuss how facilities can benefit from connectivity and integration of multiple siloed operating systems. Smart Building technology is disrupting the way building owners, tenants, and operators are approaching retrofit projects. Technologies such as multi-purpose sensors are providing actionable data that can further be utilised by Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics applications to provide an enhanced workplace experience. Further, with the workplace population moving towards the Millennial generation and Gen Z, mobile workspaces and a tech-savvy environment have become an attractive recruitment strategy. The presentation will also briefly discuss a case study of what that ideal workplace in today’s world can look like.

Click here to see the full agenda via the free FM Training programme

Supplier Stands

And as well as all the above there will be over 282 FM product providers, showcasing over 2,000 solutions. With such a choice of suppliers, make sure you drop by the Keyzapp Stand FM6088 for a quick demo on how our deceptively simple key management solution can save you time and money every day. If you manage keys, we are the one supplier who really will give you your time back!

Click here to see a video testimonial from one of our Security clients who have made a big impact on their efficiency by installing Keyzapp, enabling them to spend more time on the tasks that matter most.

Have some Fun!

Don’t forget about the Virtual Golf and Games Arcades and click here to secure one of our tickets to the VIP lounge:

Above all – have a great time at the show! We look forward to seeing you there.

FUTURE: PropTech – 14th May 2019 – we’re exhibiting!

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We are very excited to be exhibiting again at the worlds No. 1 PropTech event for its 5th year!

This years theme: Open Collaboration

Bringing together over 2,000 forward thinking real estate executives to discuss the future of the built environment, this day will be packed from beginning to end with interesting content. With so much to choose from, visit the FUTURE: PropTech website to book your tickets, download the full agenda and plan your day wisely!

Make sure to squeeze some time in to visit us on the Keyzapp stand S32 to have a chat about how we can save you time and money managing your keys! With the handy Smartphone App, it is quick and easy to book a meeting in with us to secure a slot.

Who else is going?

Format of the Day & events we will be watching out for

With so much to pick from, its best to break the day down into the 4 separate stages at the event:

2 Main stages: Stage 1: Mega Trends. This will focus on how the real estate sector is being fundamentally changed by global trends such as urbanisation, demographics & technology.

Stage 2: FUTURE Is Now. Will feature case studies, on-stage demos, success stories & “How To” guides of the technology that is already being deployed by leading real estate companies.

2 smaller stages: Stage 3: Launch Stage. This will be showcasing start-ups and ‘ones to watch’. Stage 4: Agent Zone Stage is a dedicated stage for panel discussions and Keynote presentations

We will be watching out for Track 6 on Stage 2, showcasing the impact of technology on the Real Estate sector, and the challenges and opportunities for Real Estate Leaders.

 

 

 

And we will also be checking out the latest innovations in Facility Management (Track 4, Stage 1), where we feel that good Key Management has a lot to offer:

 

Don’t forget to download the Smartphone App ahead of the day to book in meetings and get all the information you need at your fingertips.

Reasons to attend

Do you really need any more persuasion?! Well here goes.. in their own words – some of the key reasons to attend FUTURE: PropTech are as follows:

  1. Arrange 1-to-1 meetings with 2000+ real estate leaders
  2. Listen to 30+ hours of dedicated content
  3. Choose from 4 stages and 9 themes
  4. Learn from over 100 of the world’s leading thinkers in the property sector
  5. Curated Brand Showcases – see live demos of over 80 world leading technology providers, start-ups and innovators
  6. In depth breakout sessions including workshops and round-table discussions
  7. Enjoy complimentary street food served all day. Provided by Streetdots
  8. Network at the free-flowing bar with wine, beer, tea, coffee & refreshments
  9. Attend our 5th Anniversary & UKPA re-brand Party with FREE BBQ, FREE food & drink & live DJ
  10. Connect with delegates from over 40 different countries and meet them in our dedicated International Zone

So book your tickets now, and we very much look forward to seeing you there!!