Three cities applied with bids to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics (also known as XXIII Olympic Winter Games and XII Paralympic Winter Games) in October 2009. The International Olympic Committee, under the leadership of Jacques Rogge, received three bids on October 15, 2009. The cities of Annecy, France, in the French Alps, Munich, Germany (host of the 1972 Summer Olympics), and Pyeongchang, South Korea, a two-time previous bidder, competed for the hosting rights to the event. This was the lowest number of bidding cities since the 1988 Summer Olympics, coincidentally also won by South Korea. The winning bid was announced on July 6, 2011, at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa by IOC President Jacques Rogge at 5.22 pm local timePyeongchang beat Munich and Annecy in the first round of votes with 63 of the 95 total votes.
- July 31, 2009 – IOC invited bid applicants from NOCs.
- October 15, 2009 – Application Deadline
- December 2–5, 2009 – Applicant City Seminar – IOC Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
- March 15, 2010 – Application Files Due
- June 22, 2010 – Candidate City Selection
- January 11, 2011 – Submission of candidature files and guarantees
- February – March 2011 – Evaluation Commission Site Visits
- May 10, 2011 – Evaluation Commission Report Released
- May 18–29, 2011 – Bid cities briefing, Lausanne
- July 6, 2011 – Winner Announced at 123rd IOC Session – Durban, South Africa