Conference and event planners perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Meet with trade and professional associations and other groups to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services
B. Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events
C. Co-ordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conference and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security
D. Organize registration of participants, prepare programs and promotional material, and publicize events
E. Plan entertainment and social gatherings for participants
F. Hire, train and supervise support staff required for events
G. Ensure compliance with required by-laws
1. Arts entertainment and recreation - 18.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 15.0%
3. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 13.0%
4. Public administration - 11.0%
5. Educational services - 7.0%
6. Accommodation and food services - 6.0%
7. Health care and social assistance - 4.0%
1. A university degree or college diploma in business, tourism or hospitality administration is usually required.
2. Several years of experience in hospitality or tourism administration or in public relations are usually required and may substitute for formal education requirements.
3. Certification relating to special events, meetings or conference management may be required.
4. Many recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Conference and Event Planners is $17.50/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.