Houston has finalized its pitch to be the host of the next World Petroleum Congress.

Should Houston’s pitch prevail at a selection meeting Oct. 23 in Calgary, Alberta, the city will host the 2017 conference in the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The conference would bring in about 10,000 oil executives and industry leaders from around the world, and all the accompanying dollars from dining, lodging and other expenses, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Houston’s pitch, which is hosted on a multimedia website, emphasizes the strength of the industry in Houston, the accessibility of the city, and the leisure activities the Bayou City would offer attendees. It includes a testimonial from Forbes, which recently named Houston’America’s next great global city.’

Houston is up against Istanbul, Copenhagen and Satana, Kazakhstan, for the location, the Chronicle reports.

The World Petroleum Congress is held every three years and is sponsored by London-based World Petroleum Council. The Council is made of 65 countries.

The Houston convention industry is gaining steam. By year-end, the city will have hosted 23 major conventions. The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau is projecting another busy year in 2014.

And a new 1,000-room convention hotel is scheduled to open downtown in 2016, one block north of Discovery Green near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Sourced from Houston Business Journal