MADISON, Wis. (1/18/08)--The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has opened online registration for the 2008 World Credit Union Conference in Hong Kong July 13-16. It is the first time WOCCU has brought the conference to Asia. Participants can register online and reserve hotel accommodations by using the resource link. The conference--co-hosted by the Credit Union League of Hong Kong in cooperation with the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions--will be at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center overlooking Victoria Harbor. WOCCU expects a large contingent from nearby mainland China, where steps are underway to help reignite China's cooperative movement, and will offer sessions in Mandarin for the first time. China has more than 25,000 rural credit cooperatives similar to credit unions and its blossoming movement has the potential to more than double the number of credit unions worldwide. Attendees also can participate in visits to local credit unions. Educational breakout sessions will follow four professional tracks: strategy and leadership, technology issues, developing credit union movements, and marketing and business development. Several sessions will feature a new interactive format, promoting participant discussions with a wider perspective on credit union issues around the globe. The conference will also include WOCCU's Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP), which offers events for attendees under the age of 35. Also available are an optional pre-conference tour to Beijing, China, on July 9-12 and post-conference tour to Bangkok, Thailand, July 17-20. Companion tours include day trips to Macau and Shenzhen on mainland China. The deadline for a discounted early registration rate is May 9. Use the resource links for more details.