A crowd gathered – both in person and via Zoom – at the Lake Eva Convention Center in Haines City to participate in Visit Central Florida’s Vacation Rental Home Summit.
“This segment of the market has really taken a beating during the pandemic,” said Kris Keprios, the senior tourism sales and marketing manager for Visit Central Florida. “We wanted to not only hear from them, but to share with them what we and Visit Florida have done to try and improve the market with the idea that many hands make for light work.”
Featured during the event was Denis Hanks, the executive director of the Florida Vacation Rental Home Management Association; Jen Carlisle, the regional partnership manager for Visit Florida; Dan Leifield, director of DMO Sales, Key Data Dashboard; Victor Manjarres, the president of TM Latin American; Margaret Henriksson and Sarah Hanson, the United Kingdom sales and marketing representatives for Visit Central Florida. Staff members Kris Keprios, Marc Zimmerman and Justin Laferriere also shared information and Polk County specific industry updates with the group.
After a brief question and answer session, staff and attendees shared personal anecdotes, mingled and exchanged business cards.