• Houston Will Host the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

     
    POSTED December 18, 2016
     

The World Petroleum Council has voted to bring the Petroleum Congress to Houston in 2020. They beat out Vancouver to host the event that will draw more than 10,000 attendees and bring in more than $60 million.

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner led the bid alongside WPC Houston Bid Committee Chair Galen Cobb, representatives from area energy companies as well as Visit Houston.

“Bringing WPC back to Houston is a tremendous win for our city and this industry,” says Mayor Turner, who served as honorary chair for the bid committee. “But it certainly would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our bid committee and partners who came together with an incredible spirit of cooperation. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a group on behalf of Houston.”

The WPC is the only international organization that represents all aspects of the petroleum industry. They host the World Petroleum Congress every three years which brings together heads of state, energy leaders and technology practitioners to address issues within the oil and gas industry. The last time Houston hosted the WPC was in 1987.

“This is a major win for the city of Houston and for our energy sector,” says Mike Waterman, president of Visit Houston. “WPC will bring thousands of the top minds in this industry to Houston from across the globe. Capitalizing on the strength of Houston’s core industries when going after business is a growing focus for us at Visit Houston.”

The 2017 WPC will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

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