What’s on at Here to Stay 2024

Explore the ASTRA Here To Stay Conference 2024 provisional program.


What’s on at Here to Stay 2023

Explore the ASTRA Here To Stay Conference 2023 provisional program.


8:008:30Registration open
8:308:35Official Welcome - Welcome & Acknowledgement to Country - Welcome by Yoav Tourel, ASTRA DirectorJulie George (Million Dollar Host) & Yoav Tourel (Temporary Board Chair Of Directors at ASTRA)
8:359:10Opening Note from Steve Cox CEO of Destination NSWSteve Cox (Destination NSW)
9:109:55Keynote Speaker: 10 Lessons from Running a Purpose-Led BusinessSimon Griffiths (Who Gives a Crap)
9:5510:35Fireside 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)
10:3511:00Morning 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: The future of STRA in Australia and New Zealand is bright because ASTRA has your back!Moderator: 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 (Your Family's Place)
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.