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Calgary Wins Bid to Host 2023 World Petroleum Congress
The World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) are excited to announce that Calgary will be the host city for the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023.
Denis Painchaud, Chair of WPC Canada, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi will formally announce the successful bid later this week in Calgary, but were excited about the fourth ballot 21-20 win today in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Calgary was selected as the host city for 2023 by members of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) early this morning Calgary time. The vote came after months of lobbying member countries; Calgary was competing against Baku, Azerbaijan; Astana, Kazakhstan; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The final win came on the fourth ballot against Baku.
Hosting the 24th World Petroleum Congress will benefit Calgary with an estimated $65 million CAD in economic injection. Over 80 countries will be represented at the “Olympics of oil and gas”, bringing in an estimated 5,000 delegates to the city, including c-suite executives, global media and ministers of energy. Further, hosting the Congress will boost Canada’s international presence in the global oil and gas industry and showcase the economic benefits of investment opportunities in Canada.
“Calgary’s bid was strong and demonstrated significant municipal and industry support, while showcasing the benefits of hosting in a city that’s bursting with energetic community spirit and a welcoming western hospitality,” says Denis Painchaud, Chairman of WPC Canada. The City of Calgary and the Calgary Hotel Association were major financial partners with MCC in support of this bid.
The World Petroleum Congress will be hosted by both the BMO Centre and Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, and will utilize an estimated 25 hotels. Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who helped present the bid in Russia said, “We are thrilled to host the 2023 World Petroleum Congress. Calgary is the Ultimate Host City and WPC is close to our hearts; we invite everybody to be a part of our energy and we are excited to showcase Canada’s innovative energy sector.”
Clark Grue, incoming chair of Meetings Mean Business Canada, notes, “This win is not only good for Calgary, but also for meetings and business in Canada. Conventions such as the WPC contribute intellectual capital to the host city, allowing Calgary and Canada’s expertise in oil and gas technology to shine on a world stage. Having global business events like the World Petroleum Congress is critical to fueling our economic engine.”
2023 World Petroleum Congress by the numbers (estimated):
- Delegates attending – 5,500
- Hotel room nights to be booked – 22,000
- Estimated direct economic impact - $65 million CAD
- Conference date – September 2023
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