Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Asks Cuba for Yes Vote on 2020 WPC

September 27, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner is using his trade mission to Cuba to formally ask for Cuba’s support of Houston’s bid to host the 2020 World Petroleum Congress.

The vote to decide where the WPC 2020 will be held is scheduled for December 15, 2016 in Bahrain.  Nearly 70 member countries, including Cuba, have a vote.

“The WPC’s 95 member countries produce and consume 95 percent of the world's energy,” said Mayor Turner.  “The organization’s triennial gathering is known as the "Olympics" of the petroleum industry.  There is no place better suited to host this event than the energy capital of the world. We have world renowned industry leaders and advanced facilities in Houston as well as ample hotel rooms and state-of-the-art convention facilities.”

Mayor Turner is considering a request to serve as the Honorary Chair of the WPC 2020 Houston Bid Committee and lead the Houston delegation to Bahrain for the final pitch.  This is Houston’s third attempt to host the WPC.  It also submitted bids for the 2014 and 2017 meetings, which were awarded to Moscow and Istanbul, respectively.  The last time the event was held in Houston was 30 years ago. 

In addition to touting its broad access to leading energy industry technology, infrastructure and human capital, Houston’s bid for the 2020 event plays up the City’s welcoming attitude, ethnic diversity and direct connections to 74 international cities.

In a first, Houston is promising to dedicate 100% of its net profit to establish a Global Legacy benefitting the next generation of energy industry young professionals.  According to the host committee’s website, “funds would be redistributed by the World Petroleum Council to select Legacy Projects benefiting six world regions. Legacy Projects will align with WPC Legacy Committee initiatives, including educating and developing the future of the energy industry.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Greater Houston Partnership Chair Jamey Rootes are leading a 30-member delegation of City Council members and business leaders on a three-day investment and trade mission to Cuba.  Representatives from the Texas Medical Center, Houston Port Authority, Houston Airport System, Houston Community College, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Airlines and several Houston based companies are accompanying the mayor on this historic trip. This is the mayor’s first trade mission and the first time a Houston mayor has visited Cuba.

More information on Houston’s winning bid is available at Houston 2020 WPC Bid (link deactivated).