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VRMA offers resources for fighting restrictions at upcoming Annual Conference

October 21, 2010

The Vacation Rental Managers Association Annual Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter will offer several resources for property managers to learn what they can to do protect their businesses before, during and after zoning restrictions are imposed.

With three general sessions, forty concurrent sessions, dozens of exhibiting suppliers and opportunities for both facilitated and informal discussions with your peers, the Annual Conference will leave you with concrete take-aways you can implement immediately to protect your business. Hear from the top minds in the business, including property managers who have successfully fought restrictions in their own communities. Sessions addressing restrictions include:

- Rental Bans and Restrictions are Spreading: Act Now or Forever Lose Your Business

Vacation rental restrictions continue to spread across the country and threaten to regulate your business out of existence. Rental managers can no longer ignore this issue and hope that zoning restrictions or regulations only apply to unfortunate peers in other markets. In this session, we will highlight the real threat of vacation rental bans and the need for managers in every market to be proactive and work together to stay ahead of rental restrictions. Hear from managers and industry leaders about successful programs to protect your business before, during and after zoning restrictions, bans and regulations are imposed.

Presenters: Jeremiah Gall, Co-Founder and COO, FlipKey.com, Amy Gaster, Co-Owner, Tybee Vacation Rentals, Steve Milo, President & CEO, Vacation Rental Pros, Rick Rumrell, Attorney; Rumrell, Costabel, Warrington and Brock, Carl Shepherd, Co-founder & Chief Strategy and Development Officer, HomeAway.com

- Untaxed Rentals: How You Can Help Level the Playing Field

Underground “untaxed” rentals occur through RBO sites and in rental programs where homeowners hide rentals as “owner” weeks. Through lower rents, untaxed rentals divert renters from tax-compliant homes. In this session you will hear about the not-so-obvious ways that underground rentals evade detection, the financial incentives for listing sites to protect underground rentals, why the nation’s most successful tax compliance systems today rely on vacation rental managers, and what new solutions can be employed by all vacation rental managers to eliminate underground rentals and restore an even playing field by removing both the incentive and the opportunity for homeowners to advertise lower rents by not charging tax.

Presenter: George T Volsky, Director of Research, Instant Software, Inc.

- Building Bridges with Local and State Tourism Bureaus to Promote Your Business and Elevate Vacation RentalsProactively engaging with local and state tourism bureaus not only can boost your business, but can protect it in times of crisis. In this session learn from VRMA’s PR committee members how to get your foot in the door with destination marketing organizations. Learn how to take advantage of these opportunities to help your company become a leader in your region, and to build recognition for vacation rentals as a viable lodging segment for the travel industry.

Presenters: Amanda Drake, Account Executive, Ypartnership, Amy Gaster, Co-Owner, Tybee Vacation Rentals, Sara Moore, Vice President of Marketing, ALL STAR Vacation Rentals, Tristan Webb, Owner and General Manager, Utah Vacation Homes

Additionally, the VRMA Annual Conference will offer two opportunities for “Collaboration Tables,” specifically addressing rental restrictions during the Conference. Join a small-group discussion with other managers and industry leaders led by Carl Shepherd, Co-founder and Chief Strategy and Development Officer for HomeAway.com.

Online registration for the VRMA Annual Conference ends Friday, Oct. 22; after this date, attendees must register on-site. To register online or to learn more about Annual Conference programming, visit http://www.vrma.com/?AnnualConference

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