From its inception in 1971, the European Liquid Gas Congress has been a cornerstone for the liquid gas industry, providing a critical platform for experts, decision-makers, and industry leaders to engage in insightful discussions. Over five decades, the congress has graced a myriad of European cities, each with its unique culture and energy, painting a diverse and vibrant tableau of the industry's evolution.
The congress kicked off its journey in the historical heart of Europe and has since traversed the continent, from the colourful streets of Barcelona in 2022 to the cobblestone lanes of Rome later this year. Each city has been a unique chapter in our history, embodying the spirit of the congress and the industry.
Our 2021 e-Congress was a testament to the industry's resilience and adaptability. The first online edition was an innovative response to our global challenges, offering an interactive platform for over 440 attendees to connect, learn, and share insights. Despite the physical distance, the sense of unity and collaboration was palpable, reflecting the core values of our industry.
Barcelona's European Liquid Gas Congress in 2022 was a resounding success, attracting over 1400 high-value attendees from 60 countries, 17 sponsors, and over 40 speakers. The 100 exhibiting companies had the chance to present their brands to a global audience, making it one of the most inspirational industry events of the year.
Late this year, the Rome Congress is already the backdrop to a sold-out exhibition, where businesses from around the globe seized the opportunity to showcase their offerings and will engage with the event's unique possibilities. LPG Week 2023, featuring 35th World LPG Forum and European Liquid Gas Congress, will be a significant milestone in our journey, marking a new chapter of success and growth in just a few months from now.
In previous years, the congress has also seen resounding successes, such as in 2019 in Amsterdam, where over 800 visitors engaged in discussions around "Energy in Transition." Monaco, in 2018, saw nearly 400 visitors from across the globe and almost 95 exhibiting companies. And in 2017, Lisbon hosted over 500 visitors and 83 exhibiting companies, focusing on the theme of "Embracing Change."
The rich tapestry of the congress’s history is woven from the threads of these cities and the individuals who have attended, exhibited, and sponsored the event over the years. The congress has consistently reflected the current topics, trends, and challenges at the European level and ongoing discussions in the host country, solidifying it as a hub of collaboration, discussion, and progress.
As we look to the future, we are excited to introduce the 2024 European Liquid Gas Congress, which promises to be a landmark event in the industry. With a complete revamp of the event format and a range of innovative features, the congress is set to offer an unmatched experience for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors alike.
With representation from over 60 countries, participation from over 100 companies, and an audience of more than 1400 attendees, the European Liquid Gas Congress has grown into a must-attend event in the liquid gas industry. As we continue to evolve and adapt to the industry's needs, we are committed to providing a platform for progress, exchange, and collaboration.
Join us in 2024 as we write the next chapter in the history of the European Liquid Gas Congress. Take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of an event that has not only shaped the past and present of the liquid gas industry but is also paving the way for its future.