| Lisbon, Portugal
MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has selected the locations to host its pre- and post-conference tours for attendees of the 2009 World Credit Union Conference, scheduled for July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain.
Conference-goers are invited to join their global credit union peers on a pre-tour to Lisbon, Portugal, July 22-25, and/or a post-tour to France's Bordeaux wine region, July 30-August 2. Each tour requires a fee separate from that of the conference registration itself. For complete tour itineraries and prices, visit www.woccu.org/tours.
This year's tours will help WOCCU conference attendees maximize their time in Europe. Portugal and France were carefully chosen not only for their proximity to Barcelona, but also to highlight the diverse cultures that can be found just hours outside of Spain. With countless sights and activities, both cities offer well-rounded and exciting European experiences for attendees looking to arrive early and stay late.
Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city, is one of history's greatest maritime centers. Considered by many to be one of Europe's hidden treasures, Lisbon offers everything expected from a European capital, but with the accessibility, ease and charm of a much smaller city. The pre-tour itinerary includes a sightseeing tour of Lisbon's broad avenues and large city squares, dinner and a Fado performance of traditional Portuguese music at a local restaurant and day trips to nearby towns including Sintra, Óbidos and the lively beach villages of Cascais and Estoril.
Conference attendees wanting to unwind with new friends after the Barcelona conference can experience the ultimate in relaxation: three nights in the rolling hills of Bordeaux's wine country. Post-tour participants will stay at the Hôtel du Médoc Golf & Spa, a resort just outside of Bordeaux, and will have the opportunity to sample some of the region's best wines on two winery tours. Bordeaux's historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of the municipality's outstanding architecture. The tour itinerary also includes visits to the nearby medieval city St. Émilion and local villages.
During the Barcelona conference itself, five day-tour options are available for attendees who want to explore the city and some its most popular neighboring sights. Three tours take place in Barcelona: a tour featuring the city's Gothic Quarter and its most famous street, La Rambla; a tour of Montjuic Mountain, the large hill where the National Art Museum and Olympic Stadium are located; and a Gaudí and Modernism art and architecture tour. Attendees also can participate in two tours traveling outside of Barcelona including a trip to Montserrat Mountain, located in one of Spain's national parks less than an hour northwest of Barcelona, and a tour of Tarragon, a seaside town known for its Roman Amphitheatre and breathtaking views.
Space is limited on all tours, so attendees are encouraged to book in advance. For further information on the 2009 World Credit Union Conference, tour details or to register online, visit www.woccu.org/Barcelona09.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.