Confirmed Speakers


We've assembled some of the finest names advocating the #BookDirect movement.

These passionate thought leaders all have vast experience in the short-term rental industry, and we are delighted to bring them to the More Bookings Direct Conference.

Alan Egan will be speaking about SEO at the More Bookings Direct Conference

I have worked in the vacation rental space for 16 years.

I started by building a rental agency and villa photography company in The Algarve back in 2003.

I’ve been creating rental websites ever since. But I don’t build websites for rental owners, I build sites for site visitors and this is why my sites convert at a much higher rate than others in the same space.

They are local information hubs, with places to stay as opposed to plain property showcases.

I am co-founder of - A site that connects VR websites together and collates and syndicates content published by owners bringing much greater exposure to all our subscribers.

I’ve presented at all 5 vacation rental world summits, a number of VRMA events and VRM Intel London.
These presentations have covered vacation rental marketing, social marketing, the future of vacation rental websites and vacation rental photography.


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Receive both of Alan's 'The Vacation Rental Photography And Staging Bible' and 'Vacation Rental Photography - A totally different focus' video free.

Chris Maughan - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct Conference

Chris’s journey began in a small studio in the South of France. However, 20 phenomenal years since, and he has become a leading professional in the short-term rental sector.

Chris's company and experienced team at AES GROUP now manages close to 250 properties on the French Riviera, some of which are the most sought after properties in the world. His luxury rental accommodation and events company provides corporate services for global brands including Google, Spotify, Disney, Fox, IPG, Twitter, Microsoft, and Apple. It comes as no surprise that the company itself (AES GROUP) has become an industry-leader in Cannes and for its high-end global clientele.

When many other industry professionals would have paused to enjoy the fruits of their labour, Chris in fact, continued to make a positive impact. In 2016,  Chris founded I-PRAC, and his vision to protect travellers from rental fraud finally came to life. I-PRAC is a global verification platform for short-term rental agencies and property owners, and is proving to disrupt the sector, for the better.

Chris’s long-span career speaks volumes about his tenacity, attention to detail and understanding of future industry trends. He promises invaluable insights and take-aways that will guarantee business growth and retention.


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Sign up for one year on the I-PRAC verification platform and get the second year completely free.

Deborah Labi - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct conference

Deborah has been a vacation rental Property Manager and Owner for over 13 years. During this time she became aware of problems in the industry and her newly launched company, Have You Got, comes just at the right time.

Wanting to think differently, she designed Have You Got as the first Book Direct Meta-No-Search Platform offering Guests the first No-Search Accommodation Service while ensuring Managers and Owners complete independence.

Integrity, unity and collaboration are the driving forces behind her business. The small fragments of this fragmented industry come together on Have You Got.

It is the first global network of independent Managers and Owners, who benefit from an automated platform for both bookings and commissions from successful guest referrals.


Louise Brace - Speaker at the More bookings direct Conference

Louise Brace is a holiday rental and destination marketing expert and one of the leading sources on short-term rental regulations in Spain. She has lived in Spain for 18 years. 

A travel content writer and digital marketer, Louise works with rental businesses across the globe to create meaningful brands, which engage with guests through authentic and compelling written and visual content. Holiday experiences, not holiday rentals, is Louise’s motto! 


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Receive Louise's Wow Factor Copywriting ebook. Normally priced at $70, this will be free to all attendees.

Mark Simpson - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct Conferene

Mark is recognised as an expert in Short Stay Accommodation Marketing and has been featured on BBC News, BBC Five Live and the Hotel Owner Magazine.

Mark founded Boostly in 2016 and has been working with Accommodation Owners and Property Managers from all over the world to boost their direct bookings and cut down on the amount of time it takes to do so.

His Boostly Academy is one of the largest training programmes for hospitality businesses all over the world and the Hospitality Community Facebook Group is regarded as one of the best and most engaged online support forums.

This is one of only two speaking gigs that Mark will be attending in 2020 and he’s promised to leave everyone with actionable email templates that any delegate can put into practice and start doubling their direct bookings before they leave the event!

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Exclusive deal for all attendees - Mark will be giving delegates his email marketing template designed to increase direct and repeat bookings.

Moriya Rockman - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct Conference

Moriya Rockman is the founder and CMO of Smiling House Luxury in Switzerland, managing over 1.200 properties worldwide.

As a Media creative and PR expert, Moriya has been involved in the business development of many companies.

3 years ago, together with her husband Ira, she founded Smiling House and Smiling Flats Holiday Rentals.

Both companies are busy creating a bridge between the new age of travelling and legacy travel companies.

Another angle is developing the concept of Rent-to-Buy and Buy-to-Rent – vacation rental properties as Real Estate assets.
Moriya is a specialist of the sharing economy and a keynote speaker.

She is an active partner of Weconomize, a group of professionals leading transforming processes in big organisations using the shared economy.


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Get your free guide on 'How to make your place more Instagramable'.

Phil Tester - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct Conference

Phil originally qualified as an Avionics Engineer with British Airways, but moved on to work in their Revenue Management and Crew Planning Departments. During that time he first worked with web analytics, looking at the look to book ratios of thousands of flights and analysing demand and price elasticity. Having created websites since before Google was even invented he’s seen web design and SEO change out of all recognition.

On leaving BA, Phil bought a B&B with his wife Helen and also created Laurels Tech Web Design. This has allowed him to work closely with the hospitality community, providing them with websites, SEO and 360 degree virtual tours, thereby growing their exposure and increasing bookings. Phil’s mission is to help educate as many people as he can so they’re not taken in by techno speak and conned into spending money they don’t need to by unscrupulous companies. In fact, only this month he helped save a chalet owner nearly £5,000 on SEO work they’d been charged for, but had never actually been carried out.


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Get 25% off any 360 degree Virtual Tour over 100 sqM (*conditions & exclusions apply).

Steve Kopandy - Speakers at the More Bookings Direct Conference

Steve is the Director of the Cycle Cities Network, and the creator of the #bookdirect Symposium

Cycle Cities is the world's first partnership of city bike tour operators, with partners in 40 different cities globally. Cycle Cities is a marketing, cross-promotion and knowledge sharing partnership, that is best showcased at it's yearly 'Symposium' conference, running since 2015.

The #bookdirect Symposium is a meeting of marketing minds from across the tourism and hospitality industry, and will be held in Athens, Greece from 18-20 Feb, 2020. Participants will learn how to best attract a direct audience and control their customer channels in the face of a changing online sales environment.

When he's not pushing recreational cycling and tourism marketing, Steve writes songs and tours in the UK's best Take That tribute band, the Take That Experience.


Yvonne Halling - Speaker at the More Bookings Direct Conference
Yvonne Halling ran her own B&B in the champagne region of France initially as a hobby, but then after a series of catastrophic events where the B&B had suddenly become the only source of income for her family, in less than 2 years she grew it from a €10k a year hobby into a professional, profitable and sustainable business making over €100k a year with just 4 rooms and no “help” from online travel agents.

Yvonne is now an international speaker, trainer, coach, mentor and award-winning online marketer at Bed and Breakfast which she set up in 2013. 

She created the Bed and Breakfast Business Transformation Program in 2014 and now shares her proven strategies and philosophy with her international client base of bed and breakfasts, guest houses, inns and boutique hotels

Her clients typically add between 20% and 100% to their businesses in one season, and enjoy the unexpected side benefits of increased confidence, happiness and peace of mind.


Exclusive deal for all attendees - Get a free copy of Yvonne Halling's book 'How to Add At Least 25% to Your Revenue in Just One Season' (PDF Version).

*More to be announced very soon*