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The duties of event planners are varied, and may include establishing a site for an event; making travel, hotel, and food arrangements; and planning the program and overseeing the registration. The planner may be responsible for all of the negotiating, planning, and coordinating for a major worldwide convention, or the planner may be involved with a small, in-house meeting involving only a few people. Event planners may also organize virtual conferences. Some professional associations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, political groups, and educational institutions hire event planners or have employees on staff who have these responsibilities. Many of these organizations and companies outsource their event planning responsibilities to firms that specialize in these services, such as marketing, public relations, and event planning firms. In addition, many event and meeting planners are independent consultants.
Some event planners' services are also used on a personal level to plan class or family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, or anniversaries. Event planners are also known as meeting and convention planners. There are approximately 73,290 event planners employed in the United States.