World Petroleum Congress set for Calgary in 2023

The World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings Conventions Calgary (MCC) announces Calgary as host city for its 24th Congress.

Calgary has been selected as the host city for 2023 by members of the World Petroleum Council.

More than 80 countries will be represented at the WPC Congress, bringing around 5,000 delegates to the city in September 2023.

Hosting the 24th World Petroleum Congress will benefit Calgary with an estimated $65 million Canadian dollars boost to the economy.

Chairman of WPC Canada chairman said: "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." 

2023 World Petroleum Congress in numbers

  • Delegates attending – 5,500
  • Hotel room nights to be booked – 22,000 
  • Estimated direct economic impact - $65 million CAD (£40m)

Attendees will include including c-suite executives, global media and ministers of energy. 

The City of Calgary and the Calgary Hotel Association supported the MCC bid as financial partners.

Meetings Mean Business Canada chair Clark Grue added: "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."  

The World Petroleum Congress will be hosted by both the BMO Centre and Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and will use around 25 hotels. 

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