• Houston Will Host the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

     
    POSTED December 18, 2016
     

The World Petroleum Council has voted to bring the Petroleum Congress to Houston in 2020. They beat out Vancouver to host the event that will draw more than 10,000 attendees and bring in more than $60 million.

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner led the bid alongside WPC Houston Bid Committee Chair Galen Cobb, representatives from area energy companies as well as Visit Houston.

“Bringing WPC back to Houston is a tremendous win for our city and this industry,” says Mayor Turner, who served as honorary chair for the bid committee. “But it certainly would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our bid committee and partners who came together with an incredible spirit of cooperation. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a group on behalf of Houston.”

The WPC is the only international organization that represents all aspects of the petroleum industry. They host the World Petroleum Congress every three years which brings together heads of state, energy leaders and technology practitioners to address issues within the oil and gas industry. The last time Houston hosted the WPC was in 1987.

“This is a major win for the city of Houston and for our energy sector,” says Mike Waterman, president of Visit Houston. “WPC will bring thousands of the top minds in this industry to Houston from across the globe. Capitalizing on the strength of Houston’s core industries when going after business is a growing focus for us at Visit Houston.”

The 2017 WPC will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.