A meeting and convention planner
supervises and coordinates the strategic, operational and logistical activities necessary for the production of events
. The planner can be employed or hired ad hoc by corporations
, and other organizations.
- Although the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), sponsored by the United States Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration, identified this occupation as "meeting and convention planner," other titles are more commonly used. These titles include event planner, meeting planner, and meeting manager. In addition, a number of other titles specific to the categories of events produced are used, such as corporate planner and party planner.
- The banquet event order (BEO), a standard form used in the hospitality industry to document the requirements of an event as pertinent to the venue, has presented numerous problems to meeting and convention planners due to the increasing complexity and scope of modern events. In response, Convention Industry Council developed the event specifications guide (ESG) that is currently replacing the BEO.
Planners can, but need not, be certified.
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