The city expects to see representatives from 80 countries and some 5,500 delegates, bringing an estimated $65 million in economic stimulus for Calgary.
Some of the world’s top players in oil and gas will travel to Calgary in 2023.
The city was narrowly selected over Baku, Azerbaijan by a vote of 21-20 on the fourth ballot. Kazakhstan, Dubai and Buenos Aires were knocked off the list in previous rounds of voting.
Both the BMO Centre and the Telus Convention Centre will host the Congress, with Meetings + Conventions Calgary estimating that 25 hotels will participate as well.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Calgary is eager to welcome leaders from around the world from the energy sector.
The city has previously hosted the World Petroleum Congress. In 2000, about 1,000 protesters demonstrated in the downtown core amid a heavy police presence.
Congratulations to Canada and Calgary: the winner of the vote by the member countries of the World Petroleum Council to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023 #24WPCCanada #wpc #canada #calgary pic.twitter.com/be3nazdbdA— World Petroleum (@worldpetroleum) June 23, 2019