Vrbo Virtual Partner Summit highlights

Our experts came together to discuss industry growth and help our partners be their best in the business.

Industry experts lead the way

Listening to experts is the best way to learn, and this two-day virtual event allowed our partners to learn from the best. Our guest speakers discussed a variety of hot topics, including:

  • Increase earnings through inclusivity
  • Designing for families
  • Optimising revenue performance and listings
  • Leading the way with safety
  • Host strategies to boost bookings

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By the numbers

Creating virtual opportunities for holiday rental professionals to network and learn.


1:1 consults


Session attendees

Guest speakers

We invited industry movers and shakers to speak with partners and share actionable ways to grow their business.

Evita Turquoise Robinson

Born and raised in New York, Evita Turquoise Robinson is currently the contributing editor of Condé Nast Traveler, though she holds many accolades she has collected throughout her career. In 2011, she founded and created NOMADNESS Travel Tribe—an online community for travellers of colour. She has been noted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 most daring entrepreneurs of 2018 and National Geographic’s 21 most visionary women throughout travel history.

Evita Turquoise Robinson
Sophie Donelson

Sophie Donelson

Design expert Sophie Donelson has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Open House to share her expertise on all things design. Author of the bestselling book ‘Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs’, Sophie also served as the editor-in-chief of House Beautiful—America’s longest published home decor magazine.

Partner wisdom

Our industry experts Ben Edwards and Ashley Kubiszyn discussed pricing strategies, innovative cleaning protocols and technology to drive more bookings.

Ben Edwards

President, Weatherby Consulting

Ashley Kubiszyn

CEO, River Ridge Rentals

Trending topics

This virtual event allowed partners to gain insights from Vrbo and Expedia Group senior leadership. We covered a wide range of topics, including:

Boost bookings

How to delight and welcome guests of all backgrounds to drive even more bookings

Data-driven success

Actionable tips to maximise data and technology to improve your position in search

Impressive interiors

Inspirational interior design and staging ideas you and your guests will love

Leaders in attendance

Our virtual partner summit featured expert speakers providing knowledge and further understanding of the industry to our valued partners.

Peter Andrews

SVP, Customer Experience and Services Expedia Group

Carmela Gillenwater

Partner evangelist and ombudsman Expedia Group

Unji Udeshi

Sr. Director, Brand Strategy and Creative Expedia Group

Julia Longley

Sr. Integrated Partner Success Account Manager Expedia Group

Jordan Locke

Partner Revenue Performance Manager Expedia Group

Kelly Barton

Senior Director, Global Trust and Safety Expedia Group

Upcoming event


Keep an eye out for more announcements about this exciting upcoming event. We plan to host panel discussions, breakout sessions, data-rich deep dives into the latest travel industry technology and research, and more.