Houston Bids For World Petroleum Congress Host City in 2017

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Houston government stakeholders and corporate leaders rally around its bid to host the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in 2017.

The World Petroleum Congress takes place every three years and is a major assembly of some of the energy sectors leading minds and corporate officials.  No small undertaking, the Congresses feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, forums and round table sessions, and a large exhibition featuring displays and pavilions from leading international oil and gas and service companies. Even for cities like Houston, whose Offshore Technology Conference hosted each May attracts worldwide participation, WPC has a special place, and competition is fierce.

The World Petroleum Congress began in 1933 and has been hosted in top global energy regions, but hasn’t been hosted in Houston since 1987, which was also the last time it was hosted in the United States. Other cities that are in the running for the 22nd WPC are Astana, Kazakhstan; Istanbul, Turkey; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Local supporters of Houston’s bid participate through a bid committee comprising of leading energy firms and partners.  For the past several months, members have been lobbying World Petroleum Council countries  to get the votes needed for Houston. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, which along with the bid committee, has spearheaded Houston’s bid and created an informative and interactive website that details Houston’s unique qualifications as a host city. You an find out more information about the bid here: https://www.wpchouston2017.com/wpc/. The final vote for the host city will take place in only a few weeks in Calgary.

World Petroleum Congress celebrated their 80th anniversary in Russia. Photo courtesy of the World Petroleum Congress.

World Petroleum Congress celebrated their 80th anniversary in Russia. Photo courtesy of the World Petroleum Congress.

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