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On a fundamental level, the main role of event planners is to simply throw fantastic events. For decades, this has attracted people with strong management skills, often with experience in hospitality or entertainment. An affinity for tech and data, however, was never a key part of the job.

Things are starting to change — and planners know this. Digital technology has grown rapidly in the past few years, and along with it, the ability to collect important data. Over 75 percent of job postings for high-profile roles in meeting planning now require skills in performance and data analysis, according to a recent EventMB study.

Read the full article at skift Inc.