Trade Show Coordinator

Job Description:

Trade show coordinators are professionals responsible for planning, organising, and executing trade shows, exhibitions, and events on behalf of companies, organisations, or trade associations

Job Category:
Tourism, Hospitality & Entertainment

What you will do:

Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of trade show coordinators:

  • create and manage budgets for the trade show, including expenses for venue rental, marketing, booth construction, equipment rental, staffing, and other associated costs
  • work to ensure the event stays within budget constraints
  • research and select suitable venues for the event
  • negotiate contracts with venue providers
  • recruit and coordinate exhibitors and sponsors
  • develop marketing and promotional strategies to attract exhibitors and attendees
  • create advertising materials, manage social media campaigns, and work on email marketing to generate interest and registration
  • oversee logistics such as booth setup, equipment rentals, transportation, and accommodation for exhibitors and attendees
  • manage the registration process for attendees, including online registration systems and on-site check-in
  • provide information and assistance to attendees during the event
  • plan and schedule the event program, including keynote speakers, workshops, seminars, and networking sessions


You’ll need:

  • understanding of the principles of event planning, including logistics, budgeting, marketing, and execution
  • knowledge of the trade show industry, including trends, best practices, and key players
  • familiarity with exhibit design concepts, including booth layouts, signage, and visual appeal
  • knowledge of marketing strategies for trade shows, including online promotion, social media marketing, and traditional marketing methods
  • to have relationships with vendors, suppliers, and contractors for services such as booth construction, signage, and catering

As well as:

  • strong communication skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • attention to detail when planning and executing trade show events to ensure everything runs smoothly
  • problem-solving skills to address unexpected challenges that may arise during trade shows (adaptability skills)
  • effectively time management
  • negotiation skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Trade Show Coordinator, there are no specific qualifications required, as it is typically not a position that demands formal academic prerequisites. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial for aspiring Trade Show Coordinators, as this role often involves event planning, marketing, and organisational tasks. Here are some subjects that can be valuable:

  1. Business Studies: Business studies can provide a foundational understanding of marketing, management, and organisational principles, which are relevant to coordinating trade shows.
  2. English: Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for creating promotional materials, communicating with exhibitors and attendees, and writing event-related content.
  3. Mathematics: Basic math skills can be helpful for budgeting, financial tracking, and calculating event costs and revenue.
  4. Marketing: Familiarity with marketing concepts and strategies can be valuable for promoting trade shows and attracting exhibitors and attendees.
  5. Computer Skills: Proficiency in using computer software, especially spreadsheet and presentation software, can aid in organizing and managing event-related data and materials.

Post School

Relevant Experience
Seek part-time jobs or internships in event planning, marketing, or related fields to gain practical experience in coordinating and organising events.

Build a network within the event planning and trade show industry by attending industry events, joining professional associations, and connecting with experienced professionals.

Continuing Education
Consider taking courses or workshops in event planning, marketing, or project management to enhance your skills and knowledge in the field.

Entry-Level Positions
Start your career in entry-level positions related to event planning or marketing within organisations that host trade shows or event planning companies.

Career Tips
Trade Show Coordinators are responsible for organising and executing successful trade shows and exhibitions. Developing strong organizational, marketing, and communication skills, as well as gaining practical experience in event planning, can help you pursue a career in this field.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 38 to 42 hours a week, occasionally including evenings.

You could work in an office or travel to meet with clients.

Career Path & Progression:

After gaining experience, move up to roles with greater responsibility, such as Trade Show Coordinator or Event Manager.

Take the lead in planning and managing trade shows, overseeing budgets, and coordinating logistics.

Consider specialising in a particular industry or type of event, such as technology trade shows, medical exhibitions, or automotive expos.

With significant experience, you can advance to positions like Senior Trade Show Manager or Director of Events, where you’ll manage larger teams and strategic event planning.