STRive to Thrive

WE ARE BACK for, not one, but Two Unforgettable Days!

Join us for Australia's most anticipated gathering of short-term rental proprietors, owners, and managers. Back, bigger, and better, STRive to Thrive returns with a two-day edition on the 20th and 21st of March 2024 in the heart of Melbourne!

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey to the heart of Melbourne for STRive to Thrive, Australia's premier event in the short-term rental (STR) industry! More than just a business conference, STRive to Thrive is a pulsating two-day fiesta of knowledge, innovation, and celebration. It's where learning meets excitement, providing a platform to elevate your rental business to new heights.

On March 20th and 21st, 2024, immerse yourself in an electrifying blend of insights, strategies, and cutting-edge tools tailored to the fiercely competitive world of STR. This dynamic event is more than a mere gathering; it's a vibrant experience that connects education, celebration, and industry expertise.

The electric atmosphere will be charged with engaging sessions focusing on industry trends, marketing techniques, guest experiences, legal compliances, property management, and technological advancements. Our lineup of expert speakers, will blow you away with several names returning from our previous event and more legends to be announced.

But STRive to Thrive is not only about intense learning. It's a place to connect with fellow industry professionals, build lasting relationships, and celebrate shared achievements. As day turns to night, unwind at our celebratory dinner and afterparty, where gourmet dining meets lively entertainment and endless networking opportunities.
To top it all off, indulge in a full-day conference led by industry visionaries, savor mouth-watering lunches by Craft and Co, and stay energized with coffee breaks and afternoon tea. And as night descends, the STRive Diner welcomes you for dinner, drinks, and an unforgettable afterparty that keeps the conversation and excitement alive.


Day 1 VIP MASTERCLASS DAY: TAKE ACTION (MARCH 20th, 2024) (optional)

Immerse yourself in the exclusive ACTION day, a comprehensive day of Masterclasses designed to provide you with hands-on training and insights from industry experts. Dive deep into specialized sessions that focus on innovative strategies, actionable tools, and practical solutions to enhance your STR business.
Whether you're a seasoned expert or new to the STR scene, this Masterclass is tailored to empower you with knowledge that translates to action.

What to Expect:
Intensive Workshops: 3 x Sharp, INTENSE - Learn from the best in the business in focused sessions that provide actionable insights.

In the Marketing and BOOK DIRECT MASTERCLASS, dive into the secrets of direct booking strategies. Explore the tools and tactics used by successful short-term rental (STR) proprietors to increase profits and establish a strong brand presence. With hands-on exercises and expert guidance, learn how to craft a compelling direct booking experience that resonates with guests. Whether you're an experienced host or just starting out, this masterclass offers valuable insights to build a thriving direct booking channel for your business.

The PRICING STRATEGY MASTERCLASS offers an in-depth exploration of pricing techniques tailored to the STR market. Understand how to analyse market trends, seasonality, and competition to devise a pricing strategy that maximises revenue without sacrificing occupancy. Learn from industry experts on how to dynamically adjust pricing to respond to market demands, and discover the tools that can automate this process. Whether you own a single property or manage multiple rentals, this masterclass will equip you with the skills to make informed pricing decisions that drive success.

The Scaling MASTERCLASS is designed for those looking to grow their STR business. Whether you're aiming to add more properties to your portfolio or expand into new markets, this masterclass covers the essentials of scaling with efficiency and effectiveness. Learn from seasoned professionals on how to identify growth opportunities, manage increased complexity, and maintain quality and guest satisfaction. Delve into real-world case studies and participate in interactive exercises to develop a scalable business model that aligns with your goals and vision. This masterclass is a must-attend for anyone seeking to take their STR business to the next level.

These masterclasses are part of the exclusive VIP ACTION MASTERCLASS DAY and are carefully crafted to provide actionable insights, tools, and strategies to enhance your short-term rental business. Whether you choose one or all of these sessions, be prepared for an intensive learning experience that translates to real-world success.

Networking Opportunities: Connect and engage with fellow STR professionals.
1on1 with the leaders: Engage with those at the top of their profession.

Lunch and Afternoon Tea: Stay energized with gourmet meals and refreshments.

10am-4:30pm *Topics subject to change/adjustment*


The Main Event day is a pulsating celebration and a grand fiesta of enlightenment, where you can elevate your rental business to unprecedented heights. This is the core of STRive to Thrive, a vibrant day filled with engaging sessions on industry trends, marketing strategies, guest experience, legal compliance, property management, and technology advancements.

Feel the electric buzz in the air as you learn from trailblazers like Bart Sobies and Julie George, the "Million Dollar Host." But it's not just about intense learning! When the sun dips beneath the horizon, let your hair down at our celebration dinner and afterparty.

What to Expect:

Engaging Sessions: Industry trends, marketing strategies, guest experience, and more!
Expert Speakers: Influential figures in the STR industry.
Meet the sponsors: Leading tech companies and suppliers in the STR industry
Networking: Meet fellow hosts from all over Australia from big to small.
Lunch: Savor a deliciously light lunch crafted by the culinary team of Craft and Co.
Coffees, Afternoon Tea: Stay fueled and engaged.
Celebration Dinner and After party: Indulge in delightful dinner, refreshments, and entertainment.
10am - late

Book both days - or pick the one that you want to go to. You choose Join us for both the Masterclass - ACTION day and the Main Event to enjoy a comprehensive two-day experience that combines education, celebration, and connection. Immerse yourself in the full spectrum of the STR industry, learn from experts, network with like-minded professionals, and celebrate your journey in style.

STRIVE to Thrive is not just an event; it's a milestone on your journey in the STR industry, a moment of learning, collaboration, and celebration that you'll cherish forever. So gear up, buckle in, and get ready for an unforgettable ride!



Engaging Sessions: Learn about industry trends, marketing strategies, guest experience, property management, and technology advancements. Learn how to scale and THRIVE!

Expert & International Speakers: Gain knowledge from influential figures in the STR industry who have achieved remarkable success.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals and build meaningful relationships that can enhance your business.

Drinks and Entertainment: Kick back and relax with a sumptuous food, refreshing drinks, and an exhilarating afterparty after the main event that keeps the networking going late into the night.



10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. | Registration and Coffee
10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | MARKETING & BOOK DIRECT - MASTERCLASS (Bart Sobies)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:30: p.m. | PRICING STRATEGY: UP YOUR GAME - MASTERCLASS (Chris De Closey)
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. | Networking Break
2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. | SCALING MASTERCLASS (Steve Schwab)
4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Champagne and Canapes


* Schedules subject to change



9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Registration and Coffee
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Session 1
10:50 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. | Session 2
11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Session 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30: p.m. | Session 4

1:30 p.m. – 2:00: p.m. | Session 5
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Session 6
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Session 7
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Session 8
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Session 9
4:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Networking Drinks
6:00 p.m - onwards | Celebration dinner, drinks, dancing & networking

STRIVE is more than just a conference; it's an experience that combines education, celebration, and connection. Don't miss out on this extraordinary and massive event, where you can learn, collaborate, and celebrate your journey in the short-term rental industry.



  • Full Day Conference

    Immerse yourself in a comprehensive 10AM - 5PM conference hosted by industry-leading speakers. Prepare to turbocharge your Short-Term Rental (STR) business with insights, strategies, and practical tools shared by the experts.
    Dinner, Drinks & Afterparty
  • Party, Drinks and Dinner (6PM til late)

    Continue the conversation and strengthen connections at the STRive Dinner. Kick back and relax with a sumptuous dinner, refreshing drinks, and an exhilarating afterparty that keeps the networking going late into the night.
  • Lunch

    Savor a deliciously light lunch crafted by culinary team of Craft and Co. Carefully curated to keep you energized, this mid-day meal is a delightful pause in an action-packed day of learning.
  • Coffees, afternoon tea

    Stay fueled with our coffee service and afternoon tea. These delicious pick-me-ups will ensure you're engaged, alert, and ready to absorb every bit of knowledge shared.


Bart Sobies

CEO ibooked.onlne & The Accommodation Show

Introducing Bart Sobies, the dynamic force behind The Accommodation Show and iBooked.Online. A trailblazer in the short-term rental (STR) industry with an unyielding passion for technology, marketing, and investment, Bart has become an influential figure in the field.

Julie George

Speaker & Entrepreneur Million Dollar Host

Julie George, Co-Author of 'Hospitable Hosts' & Author of 'Million Dollar Host,' built a 130-property STR portfolio generating $8M in 3 yrs. . As an Australian expert in STR, she's a Shortyz Awards judge, investor, and advisor to many hospitality businesses across the world.

Steve Schwab
Casago (USA)

Overseeing the growth of Casago across 60+ cities in the USA and Mexico, with more than 5,000 units, this leader's 23-year journey in short-term rentals exemplifies commitment to industry excellence and innovation. Steve's "owner-centric" approach and innovative franchise model have been pivotal in serving 3.6 million guests.

Sabrina Schwaighofer
Co-CEO & Co-Founder

MadeComfy is one of the fastest growing and most recognized short-term rental brands in the world, having won multiple awards like the Shortyz in 2020 and 2021 in London, Startcon "Best Startup 2018", AFR Fast Starters and most recently, AFR BOSS 4th Best Place to Work in Travel and Hospitality in 2022.

Ethan Brown

Director & APAC Team Lead Hospitable

A leading Sunshine Coast host since 2019, this industry expert started as a customer with Now serving as Director of Hospitable Australia, APAC Team Lead, he brings a wealth of experience to the short-term rental sector.

Chris De Closey
Switch Hotel Solutions

A dynamic professional in the hotel and tourism sector. Chris and his team provide bespoke Revenue Management, Sales & Marketing, and General Management consultancy services to hotels, motels, and resorts. Concurrently, Chris co-founded Coastal Letting Co and Holiday Management Co. Prior to this, he was with Expedia and Mantra, enhancing his skills in the industry. Chris is an influential figure, blending traditional and modern strategies to maximise revenue for his clients.

Rebecca Cribbin
Holiday Rental Experts

Rebecca Cribbin, with over 14 years in the short-term rental (STR) industry, is the go-to expert for rental managers. As the Founder and CEO of Holiday Rental Experts, she aims to boost productivity and profitability in the STR sector. A UTS alumna with skills in property management and investment, Rebecca is a respected speaker in Short Term Rentals.

Tim Mortimer
BNB Made Easy

Tim Mortimer, CEO of BNB Made Easy, combines hospitality, teaching, and sports expertise in his STR ventures. Since 2018, he's grown his portfolio to over 140 properties in NSW. Recently, Tim 's talk was celebrated at the ASTRA conference for its personability and relatability. He's also featured on 'The Accommodation Show', sharing insights from his dynamic STR journey.

Will Creedon,
Founder & CEO Alloggio

An experienced entrepreneur with over 30 years in the hospitality and tourism industry, specialising in operating various vacation and leisure businesses globally, with a significant contribution to the short-term rental sector in Australia.

Yoav Tourel
Managing Director
Guesty APAC

Serving as the Managing Director of APAC at Guesty, this seasoned, technology-savvy leader boasts a 20-year track record in marketing and sales across APAC and EMEA. With an analytical acumen that drives business performance, specialties include team building, people leadership, and establishing APAC operations for global firms.

Food, Music & Entertainment &

Our last event featured the renowned Simon Taylor - whats in store for 2024???

Prepare for a night of laughter and relaxation after a day of industry insights and networking. This will be an unforgettable conclusion to a day dedicated to short-term rental business success.

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Collingwood, VIC 3066,
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