Meeting and convention planner

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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, associations, governments, and other organizations.[1][2]

Standardization issues[edit]

  • 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, several 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,[3] 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.[4]
  • Additionally, the Convention Industry Council is spearheading The Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX). By bringing the planners and suppliers together to create industry-wide accepted practices and a common terminology, the profession continues to enhance the professionalism of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

Certification and Designations[edit]

Planners can, but need not, be certified or hold designations.


Certification/Designation Acronym Issuing Organization
Certified Association Executive CAE American Society of Association Executives
Certified Destination Management Executive CDME International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus
Certified in Exhibition Management CEM International Association for Exhibition Management
Certified Event Rental Professional CERP American Rental Association
Certified Festival Executive CFE International Festivals and Events Association
Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive CHME Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
Certified Incentive Travel Executive CITE Society of Incentive and Travel Executives
Certified Meeting Professional CMP Convention Industry Council
Certificate in Meeting Management CMM Meeting Professionals International & Global Business Travel Association
Certified Professional Catering Executive CPCE National Association of Catering Executives
Certified Special Events Professional CSEP International Special Events Society
Destination Management Certified Professional DMCP Association of Destination Management Executives
Professional Bridal Consultant PBC Association of Bridal Consultants

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "CIC - Convention Industry Council". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "13-1121.00 - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ "CIC - Convention Industry Council". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ Convention Industry Council: Event Specifications Guide

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