Rotary International picks Calgary for 2025 Convention

first_imgRotary International has chosen Calgary to host its 2025 Convention, an annual event which usually attracts between 20,000 and 40,000 people.Co-chair of the host organizing committee Mark Starratt said it’s a victory two years in the making.“We were among 11 worldwide cities that were invited to apply for the possibility and over the course of the last six months, we were whittled down to five,” he said, adding Calgary was the only North American city to be shortlisted.The convention involves Rotarians from over 100 countries gathering for fellowships and strategizing local and international strategies.Starratt said Calgary getting the nod is a result of two key factors.“Number one, the fact that we’ve become a world-class destination and that’s shown really clearly through some of our venues,” he said. “But in addition to that, I can’t reiterate enough the partnership and the spirit of volunteerism that we have in Calgary.”Some of the partners he credits include Meetings + Convention Calgary and the Stampede.“This will be the largest convention in Calgary’s history. It is an amazing accomplishment for our city,” Clark Grue, President and CEO, Meetings + Conventions Calgary, said in a release.Starratt said it’s hard to quantify how much of a boost the local economy will get because it’s unclear just how many Rotarians will attend.But with the convention lasting three to five days at the BMO Centre and the Saddledome, along with attendants contributing to hotels, restaurants, rentals, visiting the mountains and attractions like the Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park, the payoff will be huge.“The multi-millions, the tens of millions,” he said.last_img