What’s on at Here to Stay 2023

Explore the ASTRA Here To Stay Conference 2023 provisional program.


8:008:30Registration open
8:308:55Official Welcome - Welcome & Acknowledgement to Country - Welcome by Yoav Tourel, ASTRA DirectorJulie George (Million Dollar Host) & Yoav Tourel (Temporary Board Chair Of Directors at ASTRA)
9:009:45Keynote Speaker: 10 Lessons from Running a Purpose-Led BusinessSimon Griffiths (Who Gives a Crap)
9:4510:30Fireside Chat: How Online Travel is Building Trust in the Asia Pacific Rental IndustryModerator: Yoav Tourel (Temporary Board Chair Of Directors at ASTRA) and Nuno Guerreiro (Booking.com)
10:3011:00Morning Tea
Regulatory and Advocacy Panel
11:0011:45Navigating the Future of STRA in Australia and New Zealand: Policy, Politics, and Industry SurvivalModerator: Yoav Tourel (Temporary Board Chair Of Directors at ASTRA) Panellists: Yang Li (Booking.com), Eacham Curry (Expedia), Craig Holme (Unwind), Catherine Shields (former Chairperson of Destination Sydney Surrounds South) and Joseph Tannous (Cornerstone)
11:4512:30Panel: Data-Backed Decisions: Elevating Your Short-Term Rental StrategyModerator: John An (Tech Tape) Panellists: Pete Smith (Weekenda), Deepanshu Nihalani (Pricelabs) and Toby Sconce (Expedia Group)
Realty / Property Management
13:3014:15Leveraging your Brand's Potential to Capture the Housing MarketAmanda Williams (The Traveling Realtor)
14:1515:00Panel: Property Management Unleashed: Leaders Share Their Strategies in Changing TimesModerator: Simon Lehmann (AJL Atelier) Panellists: Pete Smith (Weekenda), Jeff Baars (Urban Rest Apartments), Quirin Schwaighofer (Made Comfy) & Daniel White (Canbnb)
15:0015:30Afternoon Tea
15:3016:15Driving Direct Bookings in the Age of AI: Top tips to stay aheadBart Sobies (ibookedonline)
16:1517:00Fireside Chat: Has the Vacation Rental Bubble Burst? An In-Depth Analysis of Market Trends, Regulatory Challenges and Future OpportunitiesModerator: Julie George (Million Dollar Host), Simon Lehmann (AJL Atelier) Will Creedon (Alloggio)
17:0017:15MC wrap up for the dayJulie George (Million Dollar Host)
19:0022:00Cocktail Awards Night - Freshwater Ballroom, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park


8:009:00Registration open
9:009:45Fireside Chat: In conversation with: Tim Rosolio, VP Partner Success, Vacation RentalsModerator: Jon Lawry (The Urban Butler) and Tim Rosolio (Vice President of Vacation Rental Partner Success - Expedia Group)
9:4510:30Empower Your People to Perform: Strategies to Creating a Winning CultureTim Mortimer (bnb made easy)
10:3011:00Morning Tea
ASTRA and the Future
11:0011:45Panel: Building a Sustainable Future and Navigating Regulation: Top Priorities in the Short Stay Rental Industry for 2024Moderator: Rebecca Cribbin (Holiday Rental Experts) Panellists: Srini Gopel (Alloggio), David Harris (Aussie Chillout), Phil Spyrou (Swainson Apartments), Jon Lawry (The Urban Butler) & Andrew Oscari (Next Level Short Stays)
Guest Experience
11:4512:30Panel: Service Beyond Expectations: Unravelling the Secrets of 5 Star HospitalityModerator: Jodie Stirling (Hospitable Hosts) Panellists: Craig Westaway (BnB Booking), Merryn Tuck (Host Your Home Sunshine Coast), Glenyss De Vylder (By The Beach Getaways) & Rose Tipka (Short-Term Gems)
Business Operations
13:3014:15The Art of AI-Powered Hospitality - Creating a digital guest experience while maintaining a human touchFrancois Gouelo (Enso Connect)
14:1515:00Panel: Unveiling the Future of Short-Term Rental Design: Leveraging Current Trends in Styling, Accessibility, Sustainability and AgritourismModerator: Tracey Northcott (Tracey Northcott Consulting) Panellists: Kerry Williams (Accessible Accommodation), Felicity Stevens (Sustainable Hosts) & Catherine Shields (Host Nation)
15:0015:30Afternoon Tea
15:3016:15Rebecca Cribbin’s 10 Commandments for Success in STR ManagementRebecca Cribbin (Holiday Rental Experts)
16:1516:45Official Conference Close & Closing RemarksJulie George (Million Dollar Host)
Conference Concludes
*2023 ASTRA Conference program subject to change.

From newcomers to seasoned operators,

Here to Stay has something for everyone.