Washington DC


Washington, D.C., is one of the most international and multicultural cities in the world and we are proud to act as host city. Washington can bring together the world’s energy leaders to celebrate the 2018 World Gas Conference, to build on IGU’s 80-year tradition, and to develop the global gas industry for the future.

Worldly but accessible, international but with neighborhood color, it offers just the right blend of business and pleasure. Voted the most walkable city in America, Washington is safe and easy to get around. You can walk out of a world-class museum on our green National Mall and visit memorials overlooking the Potomac River. You can take a boat trip into historical Georgetown for some shopping, enjoy a sporting event or the theatre, and explore great restaurants and nightlife in our diverse neighborhoods.

  • Plug into the energy of a city that makes history every day, a city where you can access world leaders and leading experts, and secure spectacular special event venues 

  • Washington is a city with the ability to boost attendance, attract exhibitors and even inspire delegates to bring along their families to share in the experience

  • People of all different cultures walk the streets and neighborhoods of this city every day, while more than 150 embassies add to its beautiful architectural landscape.

An incredible experience for delegates to WGC, Washington is one of the top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. The United States ranks second only to France in numbers of tourists, and, within the United States, Washington ranks third in terms of tourist destinations. There is something for everyone, regardless of age, and the museums operated by the Smithsonian Institution are all free of charge!!

Washington is close to numerous natural gas industry-related tour options for WGC delegates, including tours of the Cove Point LNG terminal, the Marcellus Shale formation outside of Pittsburgh, PA, numerous gas utility company training centers, and even a tour of the U.S. Department of Energy’s laboratory in West Virginia.

Washington is also home to 170 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries and diplomatic missions, as well as high profile international organizations like the IMF and World Bank, and energy agencies such as FERC, EPA and DOE. There is even easy train access to / from New York City with its very large financial community.


Convention center
The city has a centrally-located, state-of-the-art convention center — the Walter E. Washington Convention Center — right in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown.

The convention center boasts:

  • 5 exhibition halls with a total of 703,000 sq. ft. (65,000 m2) of prime exhibition space
  • 66 individual meeting rooms totaling 150,000 sq. ft (13,500 m2)
  • 52,000 sq. ft. (4,830 m2) ballroom
  • Metro (subway) station

All official hotels will be in walking distance of the venue, offering over 5,000 rooms within one mile of the convention center. All total, 95,000 rooms are available in the entire Washington metro area.

Getting there

Washington has three airports with non-stop service to nearly 100 cities around the world, plus a train service and easy driving access via three main interstates.

For more information on the convention center, please visit www.dcconvention.com    



Washington, D.C.

 a truly unique world capital perfect for concluding the United States triennium

and building the IGU legacy for natural gas –

the Foundation Fuel for Today and Tomorrow.