The influential TED Conference is coming to Vancouver starting in 2014, conference organizers announced on Monday morning.

The conference holds two keynote events, one in Long Beach, Calif. and a second in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Long Beach edition will be re-locating to Vancouver and Whistler starting next year, the conference's 30th anniversary.

"Having the TED organizers choose Vancouver as their new home is a big vote of confidence in the creative entrepreneurs, social innovators and community leaders who make Vancouver a leading-edge city," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson wrote in a statement.

TED announced that the conference will be held March 17-24, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and a satellite event, TEDactive, will be held in Whistler, B.C.

"Inside this center, we’ll be building a new kind of TED theater — one designed to maximize the impact of talks while also taking advantage of the panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains. Our stage designers are dreaming up what this new space will look like as we speak," conference organizers wrote in their blog post.

The Vancouver Sun's Jeff Lee wrote that the negotiations for the event were so secret that only staffers with the Canadian Tourism Commission and Tourism Vancouver were privy to it. Vancouver's mayor did not even find out about it until last week.

The newspaper reported the conference has signed on to come to Vancouver for two years.

The conference regularly invites scientists, thinkers, business people and technologists to deliver lectures on a topic of their choice. The talks are widely syndicated as videos and podcasts.

But the chance of getting tickets will be slim to none. Tickets at $7,500 each are reserved for an "elite group of people", Amber Sessions, a spokeswoman for Tourism Vancouver, told Metro.

"The people that go to TED are like, Oprah and Bill Gates. You have to apply to go. Even just being wealthy won’t secure you a spot," she said.

The Huffington Post is an editorial partner with the TED conference, through our TED Weekend series.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • #13 - Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

    The author of "Eat, Pray, Love" discusses how we all have a little genius in us. Total views: 4,538,037 Year released: 2009 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #12 - Arthur Benjamin Does "Mathemagic"

    Learn how mathemagician Arthur Benjamin can race calculators and solve difficult mental math equations. Total Views: 4,658,425 Year released: 2005 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #11 - Dan Pink: The Surprising Science Of Motivation

    Unmotivated? Career analyst Dan Pink let's you in on a few secrets to increase your drive. Total views: 4,706,241 Year released: 2009 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #10 - Brené Brown: The Power Of Vulnerability

    Understand more about the human connection after listening to University of Houston professor Brené Brown's lecture on emotion. Total views: 4,763,038 Year released: 2010 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #9 - Hans Rosling: Stats That Reshape Your World-View

    Watch as professor and statistics wiz Hans Rosling changes your thoughts about the developing world. Total views: 4,966,643 Year released: 2006 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #8 - Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

    Six years prior to his death, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered an almost haunting lecture on how to live life to the fullest. Total views: 5,444,022 Year released: 2005 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #7 - Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

    Simon Sinek, author of the book "Start With Why," explains his model for effective leadership. Total views: 6,050,294 Year released: 2010 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #6 - Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

    Life coach Tony Robbins not only high-fives Al Gore in this video, but also explains what motivates certain actions within an individual. Total views: 6,879,488 Year released: 2006 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #5 - Pattie Maes And Pranav Mistry Demo SixthSense

    Check out this awesome interactive tool, invented by Pranav Mistry from Pattie Maes' lab based at MIT. Total views: 7,467,580 Year released: 2009 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #4 - David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

    Explore the mysterious ocean floor as David Gallo shows you creatures you've probably never laid eyes on. Total views: 7,879,541 Year released: 2007 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #3 - Pranav Mistry: The Thrilling Potential Of SixthSense Technology

    Along the same lines as video number five, Pranav Mistry further explains the possibilities behind his SixthSense device. Total views: 9,223,263 Year released: 2009 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #2 - Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke Of Insight

    Hear how brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor was able to watch as her own body shut down during a stroke -- and then learn how she slowly recovered. Total views: 10,409,851 Year released: 2008 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>

  • #1 - Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity

    The most-watched TED video to date features British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. In his lecture, he explains how education can foster creativity instead of thwart it. Total views: 13,409,417 Year released: 2006 <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/" target="_hplink">Source: TED Blog</a>