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Our second annual Short-Term Rental and Outdoor Summit is next week, December 9 and 10. This intense two-day summit is not to be missed as Skift editors talk to leaders driving the future of both sectors, hear predictions on the post-pandemic landscape, and share new research.



Skift’s Short-Term Rental & Outdoor Summit 2020 is taking place next week and will feature a dive into short-term rentals on December 9 and then the rapidly growing outdoor recreation sector on December 10.

This year has been far from predictable. Even through this pandemic, it’s clear that travelers have embraced both outdoor recreation as well as stays in short-term rentals as other segments of the travel industry still struggle with demand. With this two-day summit, we will look at not only the opportunities, but also the challenges that may be ahead for companies in these ecosystems.

Join Us for the Skift Short-Term Rental and Outdoor Summit – December 9-10

Short-Term Rentals: December 9

As Skift Executive Editor Dennis Schaal outlined in a recent article, besides the pandemic, the short-term rental sector also has to face continued regulatory hurdles, find a path to standardization for supply as it continues to grow, consider the right balance of monetization between channels, and perhaps most importantly, retain and grow the pool of new consumers who have entered the short-term rental market this year, especially after hotels and cities finally reopen. Hear from leaders across the industry as they share their predictions and forecasts for the year ahead, including:

  • Jeff Hurst – president of Vrbo and co-lead of marketing at Expedia Group.
  • Jennifer Hsieh – vice president of Homes & Villas at Marriott International.
  • Chip Conley – Airbnb Strategic Advisor for Hospitality & Leadership, and founder of Modern Elder Academy.
  • Sanjay Banker – chief financial officer of Sonder.
  • Maricarmen Herrerías – co-founder and chief operating officer of Casai. 
  • Philip Kennard – co-founder and CEO of Futurestay.
  • Raj Kamal – CEO of OYO Vacation Homes.
  • Julie Brinkman – chief operating officer of Beyond Pricing.


Outdoor Travel: December 10

Similarly for outdoor travel, this year’s marked growth has taken the sector ahead by years in a matter of months. As many outdoor recreation companies are over-subscribed in terms of demand, the focus has shifted to a rapid increase in sophistication of outdoor companies that have co-existed in a largely fragmented ecosystem. The balance between public and private is also an ever-present hurdle for outdoor travel, as private developments outside public settings explode and the network effect of online aggregators, peer-to-peer platforms, and activities companies opens the door to potential overtourism. Join us as leaders discuss how to help the outdoor travel industry move forward as it transforms. They include:

  • Toby O’Rourke – president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America.
  • Alyssa Ravasio – founder and CEO of Hipcamp.
  • Bruce Poon Tip – founder of G Adventures.
  • Jon Gray – CEO of RVshare.
  • Curtis Kopf – chief digital officer at REI.
  • Matt Gaghen – CEO of Under Canvas.


This intense two-day summit will be a must-attend event for anyone looking to understand these sectors. We will discuss the key players, map the post-pandemic landscape, consider shifts in consumer behavior, share new research, and identify the growth potential for both short-term rentals and outdoor travel companies as this landscape rapidly challenges.

Passes are priced at $145 to make it affordable for the widest possible industry participation in this time. Attendees can participate live as the event streams live on Eastern U.S. timezone, or it will also be available on-demand the day after for viewing at attendees convenience.

Register for our Skift Short-Term Rental and Outdoor Summit – December 9-10

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