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Thanks! Maybe I'll visit Germany house, it's close where I'll be staying :)

But unfortunately the beach house is not the main club.

Main club is in Barra and not open to public. Athletes will be there and not in Ipanema.

Biggest chance to see athletes in person are at Swiss beach club and at Holland house.

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PyeongChang to open Olympic promotional center in Rio


The organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Thursday said they will open a promotional center in Rio de Janeiro, the site of this year's Summer Games.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games said it will operate the "PyeongChang 2018 House in Rio" on Copacabana Beach during the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics. It will also be open during the Sept. 7-18 Summer Paralympics.


The beach is one of the main tourist attractions in the Brazilian city.

The POCOG said it will remodel a kiosk, 50 meters by 8 meters, to create "an open space where visitors will be able to envision and experience the atmosphere of the next Olympic Winter Games using the latest ICT (information and communications technologies) features."

Inside, visitors will be able to experience ski jumping through 4-D virtual reality.

In cooperation with its corporate partners and the Korean government organizations, the POCOG will also offer cultural programs and exhibitions.

Korean food tasting and K-pop performances will be held on the stage facing the beach, the POCOG added.

Separately, the POCOG will operate a mobile PyeongChang House that will visit Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago to introduce South Korea's first Winter Games across South America. (Yonhap)



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Around the world in Rio: your A-Z guide to the Rio 2016 hospitality houses


By Kiratiana Freelon and Fernanda Ezabella 22/07/2016 16H01


Plan your partying here with our handy overview of all the main country houses of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Around the world in Rio: your A-Z guide to the Rio 2016 hospitality houses

An artist's rendering of the spectacular setting of the Swiss house next to the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon


During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, country hospitality houses in the host city serve several purposes. For athletes and sports officials, they offer a temporary home away from their country – a place where they can celebrate their achievements and triumphs and enjoy food and drink from home. For fans and tourists, the houses present an unmissable opportunity to watch the Olympic action on big screens, explore the culture of the participating countries and meet athletes off the field and in person, all in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere.

In Rio de Janeiro, almost 30 countries have confirmed locations for their official residences during the Games. 

Here is Rio2016.com’s guide to some of the most popular of the houses: where they are, when they are open, and what you can expect inside.

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There will be hospitality houses all over the centre of the city and in the main beach districts, located in a variety of historic buildings, cultural centres and sports clubs. About half of the houses in Rio will be open to the public, while entry to some country houses (such as those of the USA and China) will be restricted to athletes and invited guests only.  Entry to many houses is free. Others will charge a fee and/or require advance booking.

The different houses all vie with each other to put on the best parties in town and an unofficial competition for the best hospitality houses runs for the duration of the Games. While the Dutch house is always a favourite, any house that puts on an extra effort in Rio will have a chance of taking home the title of best in show.  


Here are some tips for choosing and enjoying the country houses during the Rio 2016 Games:

1) Register or buy your tickets now. Some houses require visitors to buy tickets or register online. If you already have a date in mind to visit a house, then take the plunge as soon as possible. As the Olympic Games progress, these houses get packed and your chances of getting in decrease. 

2) One of the main roles of the houses is to celebrate the country’s medal winners. That means that if the Netherlands’ women’s hockey team wins the gold medal on 19 August, the Holland House will be likely to put on its biggest party the next night. That can be good and bad for non-Dutch tourists. The house will give priority to athletes’ families and people with a Dutch passport. Don’t let this prevent you from trying. It is an unforgettable experience to see Olympians honoured by their home country in the Olympic city itself.

3) If you want to go to a country house and a sporting event on the same day, look for houses that are near the zones of your sporting event – Maracanã, Copacabana, Barra or Deodoro. For venues near the Maracanã, check out the houses on the Olympic Boulevard in the city centre. For Copacabana, it is best to go to houses near the beaches. You may find it easier to save a visit to the houses for a day free of activities.

4) Save some money in your budget to pick up special country-themed gear at the country houses. Even the closed houses like Canada and USA House have a shop that is open to the public. The t-shirts will make great souvenirs.  

5) All of the houses will be broadcasting the Games on large screens, so they are great places to watch the Games among fellow sports lovers. The key is choosing the right house. For example, go to Jamaica House for athletics, Holland House for hockey, Brazil House for football, Hungary House for water polo and Denmark House for handball.

5) Check the Facebook page or website for schedules of athlete appearances, workshops and activities. Once the Games start, it will become more difficult to plan, but it may be worth it to meet your favorite sports star.

5) Consider watching the opening ceremony or closing ceremony at a hospitality house.

6) There is always a VIP room somewhere. It’s up to you to know the right person to get into it.



Name of House: Africa House

Address: Casa Shopping – Av. Ayrton Senna, 2150 – Barra da Tijuca

Dates and opening times: 1 to 21 August, from noon until 10pm.  Free entry.

Near the main Olympic cluster in Barra, 54 African delegations are uniting to form one house – Africa House. On arrival, visitors will go on a virtual ride in a 56-seat airplane simulator. Adventurers will then watch a three-minute video about various countries throughout the continent. There will also be seminars on agricultural business, tourism and technology but the highlight may well be a fashion show of African clothes featuring Afro-Brazilian models.  Entry is free.


Name of house: Australia House

Address: Bolsa do Rio Convention Center, Praça XV de Novembro, 20, Térreo – Centro

Dates and opening times: 6 to 12 August, 11am to 7pm

This house is organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in Brazil. The goal is to show off Australian culture to potential investors and tourists. The house will be located in the city’s main Olympic entertainment zone. There will also be seminars for people interested in studying in Australia.

For more information on the programme, check out http://www.austrade.gov.au/local-sites/brazil/events/casa-australia-jogos-olimpicos-rio-2016


Name of house: Austria House

Address: Av. Venceslau Brás, 72 – Clube Botafogo

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August from 10am until 11pm. (Inauguration 4 August)

During the Games, Austria House will take over the clubhouse of FC Botafogo. The Austrians are preparing a huge restaurant and bakery that will showcase the best of the country's cuisine. Austria House was considered one of the best houses at Sochi 2014, where it produced more than 70,000 breads and cakes.



Name of house: Brazil House

Address: Avenida Rodrigues Alves, 10, Armazém 2, Gamboa

Dates and opening times: 4 August to 18 September, 10am-8pm.

As the host country of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brazil’s house will be one of the largest and most impressive in town. It will be located in the city centre in Praça Mauá, in the midst of Rio’s Olympic entertainment zone. The goal of the house is to promote all of Brazil and not just the Olympic city. There will be workshops about the preparation of coffee, as well as chocolate and wine tasting. For children, there will be sports activities. Brazilian artists and musicians will be performing regularly at the house.


Name of house: Canada House

Address: Athletic Association Banco do Brasil – Av. Borges de Medeiros No. 829, Leblon

Dates and opening times: To be confirmed

Canada House will only be open to specially invited people, such as athletes, their families and sports authorities. The house will have double the capacity of the London 2012 site and is expected to receive 20,000 visitors during the Games. The idea is to create a “patriotic oasis” in Rio, so that visitors can watch the Games in comfort and to celebrate the Canadian medallists. There will also be a store with products from top brands.


Name of house: China House

Dates and opening times: 5 to 20 August, 11am-10pm

Address: Praça Santos Dumont, 31 – Gávea Rio de Janeiro – Jockey Club, Victoria Hall

This house is only open for invited people, such as athletes, sponsors and government officials. There will an exhibition about sports culture in China. The space will also promote the 2022 Winter Games, which will be hosted in Beijing. 


Name of house: Colombia House

Address: Praça Marechal Âncora 95 – Praça XV – Centro

Dates and opening times: 4 to 21 August and 5 to 18 September from 10am to 8pm.

Colombia is organising its first hospitality house during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on the Olympic Boulevard in the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro. The house will offer coffee and exotic fruit tastings.

Czech Republic

Name of house: Czech House

Address: Av. Das Américas 3434, Barra de Tijuca

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August from 11am to midnight

One of the most elaborate houses from the London 2012 Games is back. Like most houses open to the public, it will promote business and tourism. More than 50 Czech businesses will show off their products at the house. A six-metre sculpture will pay tribute to Czech long-distance runner and four-time Olympic gold medallist Emil Zátopek (1922-2000).


Name of house: Denmark Pavilion in Ipanema  

Address: Ipanema Beach, Posto 10 Praia de Ipanema, Posto 10 (next to Praia Ipanema Hotel)

Dates and opening times: 2 August to 21 August from 11am to 10pm

Denmark will set up its pavilion on what may be Rio’s best urban beach – Ipanema. Entertainment will be provided by DJs and live concerts. There will also be an exhibition of Danish bicycles and a playhouse for toddlers. One of the highlights will be a model of Rio de Janeiro made entirely of Lego pieces. The Denmark house will donate 65 bicycles to the municipal government and toys to schools as legacy.


Name of house: Finland House

Address: Casa França Brasil, R. Visconde de Itaboraí, 78 – Centro

Dates and opening times: 13, 14 and 20 August 10am to 6pm. 21 August 10am to 4pm.

Finland is bringing Santa Claus (and his reindeer) to Rio de Janeiro directly from Lapland. The house will be open only during the weekends. The country, known for its excellence in education, will offer classes to children and their families so they can get to know Finnish culture.

Follow this Facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/finlandhouseinrio/


Name of house: Club France

Address: Sociedade Hípica Brasileira – Av. Borges de Medeiros, 2448 – Enter through Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

Dates and opening times: 5 August to 21 August, noon to 2am.

Club France is the type of house that will offer something to everyone – a business space for networking, French food and culture for fine living and even a disco for dancing. The competitions will be broadcast on big screens in the middle of the space. Over the course of eight nights, the house will transform into a club with capacity for more than 2,000 people and a French DJ playing tunes. The entry fee for Club France is 20 reais (US$6). Tickets to the late-night parties will be sold separately.



Name of house: OliAle – Germany on the Beach

Address: Leblon beach (In front of Av. Delfim Moreira 12, next to the Jardim de Alah Canal)

Dates and opening times: 4 August to 18 September from 2:30pm until 9:30pm.

This hospitality house shouldn’t be mistaken with Germany’s more traditional hospitality house in Barra – that one is closed to the public. But with a location just off the beach, OliAle, which is sponsored by the consulate and chamber of commerce, might well be a better place to relax. Germany will show off its modern, multicultural and festive side at the OliAle pavilion on Leblon beach. The location will include information about art, culture, technology, music and food in addition to sports activities and live sports action.

Follow the Facebook page of the German consulate for updates – https://www.facebook.com/ConsuladoGeralAlemaoNoRio.

Great Britain

Name of house: British House

Address: Olympic Games: Parque Lage – Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico

Paralympic Games: Shopping Metropolitano – Av. Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 1300 – Barra da Tijuca

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August (Olympic Games) and 7  to 18 September (Paralympic Games) from 9am to 10pm.

During the Olympic Games, the Brits will be taking over the gorgeous grounds and buildings of Parque Lage next to the Jardim Botanico. The British house is the official place to celebrate the victories and to present the best of the United Kingdom. The schedule for the house is jam-packed with conferences and talks on everything from sports to music to Shakespeare. This time around the house will feature an exhibition about the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic Games. There will be a cultural programme, parties and a place to do business. To visit, one has to register on the official site and receive an invitation.  The British House will relocate to the Shopping Metropolitano mall in Barra for the Paralympic Games.



Name of house: House of Hungary

Address: Jockey Clube Brasileiro, Tribuna C – Praça Santos Dumont, 31 – Gávea

Dates and opening times: 5 to 22 August from 3pm to 5pm.

The house of Hungary is designed to showcase of Hungarian culture: art, architecture, folk patterns, gastronomy and inventions such as the Rubik’s Cube. There will be a water bar with 16 different types of Hungarian mineral water and a digital display about Hungary’s proud Olympic history: 482 medals so far.


Name of house: Italy House

Address: Clube Costa Brava, Rua Srg. José da Silva, 3621,Joá (Olympic Games)

Paróquia Imaculada Conceição – Rua Humberto Cozzo, 41, Recreio (Paralympic Games)

Dates and opening times: 3 to 21 August, 6 to 17 September. Times to be confirmed.

The Italians have chosen the exclusive Costa Brava beach club for their hospitality house, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and a near-private beach. Only open to those on the guest list, the house will offer visitors the very best of Italian and Brazilian cuisine, as well as world-famous fashion brands. There will also be presentations from the Rome 2024 candidate city team.


Name of house: Jamaica House

Address: Praça Santos Dumont, 31 – Gávea (Prado Grill Restaurant)

For a party with a Caribbean flavour, it will be hard to do better than Jamaica House. Located at the very scenic horse racing ground, the Jamaicans will be supplying popular products from their island such as world-famous rum and beer brands. DJs playing mento, ska, reggae and dancehall will ensure a raucous Caribbean atmosphere until 3am.

As well as big screens for watching Jamaica's track and field heroes, there will be live concerts, including a show by Kymani Marley, son of reggae legend Bob. All of this comes at a price; tickets to Jamaica House will cost 85 reais and will be available on the website of the country's official tourism organisation.


Name of house: Japan House – Tokyo 2020

Address: Cidade das Artes Av. das Américas, 5300 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August and 7 to 18 September from noon until 8pm. (7 August until 17 August only by invitation).

Japan is taking over Cidade das Artes, the giant cultural complex in Barra near the main Olympic cluster. There the country will receive athletes, family members and all visitors who want to experience Omotenashi – Japanese hospitality. Since Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the house will feature exhibitions and souvenirs promoting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition to presenting Tokyo’s plans for the 2020 Games and showcasing the country’s culture, the house will also host the media events of the Tokyo organising committee and the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic teams.


Name of house: Mexico House

Address: National History Museum – Praça Marechal Âncora, Centro

Dates and opening times: 3 August to 15 September from 10am to 5:30pm.

Mexico House will be in the Natural History museum and will feature an archeological exhibition called “The Magic of the Smile.” There will be a space reserved for athletes, medal ceremonies and press conferences. There will also be a children’s exhibition inspired by Frida Kahlo.

The Netherlands

Name of house:  Holland House

Address: Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 701 – Leblon (Clube Monte Líbano)

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August from 11am to 1am

Carrying the name of a famous Dutch beer, this house is always one of the most popular during the Games. The Dutch are charging 45 euros to enter; a bracelet for visitors will be valid until midnight and include lessons in swimming, football, volleyball and stand-up paddle at prime locations. Expect Olympic athletes and raucous parties with DJs playing from 7pm. There will be a giant 12m by 7m screen for watching the events. Don’t wait until the last minute to get a ticket. It will sell out. Wear orange if you want to fit in.

Tickets can be bought in advance at https://www.hollandheinekenhouse.nl. Tickets cannot be bought at the door.


Name of house: Polish House

Address: Poland Sociedade Beneficente – Rua das Laranjeiras, 540

This house is only for invited people and members of the Polish community and their descendants. There will be visits from Olympic medallists, meetings with representatives of the Polish community, concerts and big screens for following the sporting action.


Name of house: Portugal House 2016

Address: Ilha das Cobras

Dates and opening times: 3 to 22 August, from 10am to 11pm.

In keeping with the country's maritime past, the Portugual House will occupy the Navio Escola de Sagres, a historic sailing boat that will remain moored at the quays of the Brazilian Navy, next to Praça Mauá. The venue will tell visitors about some of Portugal's history, which of course overlaps with Brazilian history. The Navio Escola Sagres left Lisbon on 21 June on its way to Rio.


Name of house: PyeongChang House

Address: Kiosks QL03/ QL04 – Avenida Atlântica –Copacabana beach (Leme)

Dates and opening times: 4 to 21 August and 7 to 18 September

It’s snow meets sand for the PyeongChang house on Rio de Janeiro’s Leme beach. The Republic of Korea will host the 2018 Winter Games. The consulate is throwing a classic carioca beach party with taekwondo demonstrations, breakdancing and Korean music. There will also be winter sports demonstrations.


Name of House: Bayt Qatar

Address: Rua General Severiano, 159 – Botafogo (former house of Daros Rio)

Dates and opening times: 5 to 21 August. Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 10pm. Friday to Saturday, 3pm to midnight. Sunday 3pm to 10pm.  

The host country of the 2022 World Cup plans to show off its history, music and gastronomy in a space that will simulate a “souk”, a typical market from the Middle East. The space will offer henna painting, Arab calligraphy and Arab food. Chef Alex Atala, a celebrated Brazilian chef, will be responsible for the menu of the house. There will be an entry fee to enter the house, but this money will be donated to the Future Olympic Social Project, which will send Brazilian youth for sports training in Doha. The country will also contribute to the building of a library and a bilingual public school that will open in the Casa Daros space.

Tickets cost 20 reais and can bought at www.baytqatar.qa

Rio Showcase

Name of house: Rio Showcase

Address: Rua Rodrigues Alves, 303, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro

Dates and opening times: 1 to 21 August from 10am to 7pm.

With a convenient location on the Olympic Boulevard at the heart of the entertainment zone in central Rio, the Rio Showcase will introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of the entire state of Rio de Janeiro.


Name of house: Slovak House

Address: Le Monde – Av. das Américas, 3500 – Barra da Tijuca

Dates and opening times: 4 to 21 August, 11am to midnight.

This house is only open to invitees. There will be typical Slovak refreshments throughout the day, such as gnocchi with halusky cheese. The house will also serve beer, wine and local beverages, plus there will be performances by Slovak folklore bands.  According to some reports,  Brazilian football legend Romário will inaugurate the house.


Name of house: Baixo Suíça

Address: Baseball Ground, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

Dates and opening times: 1 August to 18 September from 11am to 11pm.

The Swiss hospitality house will be located close to the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in southern Rio. Among the activities planned are a synthetic outdoor ice skating rink, a running track and typical Swiss tourist attractions including a Swiss train and a giant globe with snow. The house will feature food from around the country, including chocolate and raclette. As a legacy, Switzerland will renovate the baseball field in the location. The Swiss House already has an official website: http://www.swissando.com.br


 Artist's rendering of Baixo Suiça, the Rio 2016 Swiss house


United States of America

Address: Colégio São Paulo, Avenida Vieira Souto, 22, Ipanema

USA House will be located in one of Rio's swankiest neighbourhoods; Ipanema, immortalised in song by Tom Jobim.  At an exclusive private school that looks over world-famous Ipanema beach, the stars and stripes are already going into place to welcome Uncle Sam and his followers. A company from São Paulo will be supplying visitors to the house with gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers so that guests can enjoy a taste of home while they watch Olympic events on big screens.

Those who aren't on the guest list at USA House won't be able to join the athletes and the stars for the partying, but they will have access to a store with exclusive products from Team USA, including clothes and kicks from Ralph Lauren, Nike and other top brands.






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