With David Krauss, founder of Rent Responsibly, Merilee Karr, Chair STAA, Carlos Villaro Lassen, Secretary General of EHHA, Enrique Alcantara, President of Apartur and Greg Holcomb, Government Relations Director of VRMA. Moderated by Nicolas Galantini, AJL Consulting.

In this panel we discuss the role of the different associations and advocacy groups that can support our industry.

How are the different structures working together with a common goal in mind and what has been the main shift in their relationships with policymakers in the past months?

As we have all realized, it is crucial for our industry to come together and speak with one voice in order to be heard and understood by policymakers.

If you’ve been wondering why you should join a short-term rental association then this panel conversation will give you all the answers you need.

Speaker Bio’s

Merilee Karr, founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat and Chair of STAA

Merilee Karr is the CEO and Founder of UnderTheDoormat – an award-winning luxury short-term rental company. Merilee founded the company in July 2014 after a 13-year successful career at oil and gas giant Shell.

As the elected Chair for industry body, UK Short Term Accommodation Association, she is passionate about helping professionalize and grow the industry in the most responsible way. Merilee has worked with BEIS and HMRC on sharing economy policies, Westminster Council and MHCLG to build regulation in the industry.

Merilee regularly speaks at events, including the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) and European Holiday Homes Association (EHHA). She has also participated at the UN Women’s Panel on Entrepreneurship.

David Krauss, founder of Rent Responsibly

David Krauss is the Founder of Rent Responsibly where he leads the charge in building the short-term rental industry’s Advocacy-in-a-Box solution.
David has been an STR owner and manager since 2012 hosting over 5,000 guests. Early in his hosting journey, an incident with loud partying guests inspired him to co-found NoiseAware, a “smoke detector for noise.”

Through this work, he has met thousands of passionate STR stakeholders that wanted to have their voices heard. In 2019, he decided to take the lead in building a platform from which to amplify those voices. That platform is Rent Responsibly.

Enrique Alcantara, President of Apartur

Enrique founded Stay U-nique.com in 2004 and the company manages more than 70 properties in Barcelona. In parallel to this, Enrique is also the president of Apartur, the Barcelona Association of Tourist Apartment ensuring support and collaboration between its members.

Apartur is a young and dynamic association that currently encompasses more than 260 companies and professionals, offering the largest range of official tourist apartments in the province of Barcelona. Since its constitution, Apartur has offered every company and professional in the sector the opportunity to join the association on an equal footing.

Carlos Villaro Lassen, Secretary General of EHHA

The European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) represents the largest accommodation form in Europe with more than 20 million beds in holiday homes and short term rentals. EHHA is a membership trade association which encourages, promotes, represents and protects the interests of the holiday home rental sector at both EU and member state level. Its members are companies engaged in the marketing and distribution of holiday homes through both on line and off line methods, member state holiday home trade associations, and companies who may provide ancillary services to EHHA members.

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