Rio 2016: A Guide to Hospitality Houses

Posted on 08/19/2016 ~ Categorized as Travel
Rio 2016: A Guide to Hospitality Houses

For those of you lucky enough to travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, there is an opportunity there to connect with citizens of your homeland or experience new cultures at one of the 30+ country-specific hospitality houses spread throughout the city (many of which are open to the public). These houses are a fun meeting place for both fans and athletes to relax, interact, and hopefully celebrate Olympic success.

The following is an alphabetical list of the main hospitality houses and what they have to offer in terms of entertainment and gastronomy. A full list with descriptions is available here.

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Green means open to the public and red means by invitation only

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Australia

Where: Centro de Convenções Bolsa do Rio – Praça XV

When: Until August 12th

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Photography exhibition on Australian technological innovations, virtual reality tourism, and seminars for those who have an interest in studying in Australia.

 

Austria

Where: Botafogo Club - Botafogo

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: A bakery offering local treats such as Kornspitz bread and Wiener Schnitzel.

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Source: http://www.cidadeolimpica.rio/noticia/casas-dos-paises-um-pouco-de-todo-o-mundo-nos-jogos-rio-2016/

Africa

Where: Casa Shopping - Barra da Tijuca

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: 54 African delegations have come together to promote cultural events including an African fashion show, and visitors may enjoy a tour of the continent on a virtual reality flight simulator.

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Virtual reality simulator. Source: https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-gets-ready-to-party-as-hospitality-houses-revealed-for-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-games

Brazil

Where: Maua Pier - Port Area

When: Until September 18th

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: The whole port area of Rio near Maua Square has been converted into a 3km Olympic Boulevard with live music, large viewing screens, and food trucks. Casa Brasil introduces an innovative concept: rich sensory experiences and the latest in audio-visual technology, combined with an engaging architectural design that will take visitors on a journey through the different regions of the country (more information can be found here)

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Olympic Boulevard with a mural by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra entitled "We Are All One," showing five indigenous peoples from five continents. More info here.

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Family fun at the Olympic Boulevard in the center of Rio

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Olympic Cauldron with the flame is encased in a beautiful hypnotic swirling sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colombia

Where: Centro Cultural do Ministério da Saúde – Praça XV

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: It’s all about the food, with a coffee exhibition and a tasting of different types of fruits and local Colombian delicacies.

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Source: https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-gets-ready-to-party-as-hospitality-houses-revealed-for-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-games

Czech Republic

Where: Centro Empresarial Mario Henrique Simonsen – Barra da Tijuca

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Business and tourism promotion; over 50 Czech businesses will promote their products. Lots of beer!

 

Denmark

Where: Ipanema Posto 10

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Interactive shows, seminars, Danish bikes, and a Lego park.

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Lego exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finland

Where: Visconde de Itaborai, 78 – Centro

When: August 13-14, 20-21

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Take a picture with Santa Claus and learn about Finnish culture.

 

France

Where: Sociedade Hipica Brasileira – Lagoa

When: Until August 21st

Admission: R$20 (Brazilian Real Dollar)

Main Attractions: As usual with the French, it’s all about the gastronomy - with plenty of food trucks by Chef Claude Troisgros. There will also be competitions between athletes and visitors in shooting, table tennis, badminton, judo, and taekwondo.

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Germany

Where: Leblon Posto 11

When: Until September 1st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Sports competitions with prizes, activities for kids, virtual reality, and lots of pretzels, beer, and sausages.

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Great Britain

Where:

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

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

When: August 21st (Olympic Games) and September 7-18 (Paralympic Games)

Admission: Must book online here in advance.

Main Attractions: The superb Olympic Games grounds and buildings of Parque Lage, next to the Jardim Botanico. The house centers around business conferences and seminars on various topics including Shakespeare.

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Source: British Embassy

Jamaica

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

When: Until August 21st

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Local food including rum and beer. DJs playing mento, ska, reggae, and dancehall music until the early hours of the morning. There is also a Bob Marley show at a cost of R$75. More information is available here.

 

Japan

Where: Cidade das Artes Av. das Américas, 5300 – Barra da Tijuca

When: August 5-21 and September 7-18 (August 7-17 by invitation only).

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: The next host of the Olympic Games in 2020, Japan is an expert in hospitality (Omotenashi). The Japanese house will promote Japanese culture with workshops on Japanese crafts and a preview of what we should expect in the next Olympics.

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Source: https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-gets-ready-to-party-as-hospitality-houses-revealed-for-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-games

Netherlands

Where: Clube Monte Libano – Lagoa

When: August 21st

Admission: 45 Euros. Tickets can be bought in advance at: www.hollandheinekenhouse.nl and/or at the entrance

 

Main Attractions: For a steep price of 45 Euros, visitors certainly get a lot in return, including lessons in swimming, football, volleyball, and standup paddle. After 7pm, you can party at a club with world famous Dutch DJs.

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Source: Heineken

Portugal

Where: Navio Escola Sagres - Ilha das Cobras

When: August 22nd

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Brazil’s distant cousins have sailed a historic boat from Portugal and moored it at Ilha das Cobras, across from the Olympic Boulevard. Visitors may tour the boat and learn about Portuguese culture.

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Mexico

Where: National History Museum – Praça Marechal Âncora, Centro

When: Until September 15th

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: An archeological exhibition entitled “The Magic of the Smile.”

 

Qatar

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

When: Until August 21st

Admission: R$20, with money donated to the Future Olympic Social Project.

Main Attractions: There is no expense spared as the country works hard to promote its image ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup. The pavilion will resemble a giant “souk,” which is a typical Middle Eastern market with all sorts of local food and activities such as camel racing. Not to be missed.

 

Switzerland

Where: Baseball Ground - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

When: Until September 18th

Admission: Free

Main Attractions: Swiss specialties like chocolate and raclette cheese, with many activities for kids including a synthetic outdoor ice skating rink and running track. More information is available on their official website.

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About the author:

Alexandre is a semi-professional photographer and keen long-distance cyclist. He can be reached by email at: atarotenberg.photography@gmail.com - and at his website: www.arotenberg.photoshelter.com


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