Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, Presence Switzerland

January 25, 2010 11:00 ET

House of Switzerland Canada 2010 Opens Its Doors in Vancouver & Whistler

Known to be one of the most popular Olympic Games hospitality houses and one of a few open to the broad public, The House of Switzerland Canada 2010 promises another exciting program during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - "Switzerland is bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of Switzerland to Canada and its visitors," said Manuel Salchli, Director of the House of Switzerland Canada 2010. "We have transformed Bridges Restaurant in Vancouver and the Mountain Club in Whistler into Swiss hospitality headquarters."

On February 5th in Vancouver and February 6th in Whistler from 4:30- 6:30 PM the House of Switzerland Canada 2010 will be inviting the public to experience the features and learn about the events that will take place at the Official Hospitality House.

The House of Switzerland Canada 2010 is a meeting point and social hub for the Swiss Olympic team, Official Hospitality House sponsors, partners and the public. With daily programming, the House of Switzerland is not to be missed.

From February 5 – 28th 2010 at the House of Switzerland Canada 2010 in Vancouver and Whistler there will be on-going events, activities and contests, including:

  • A Grand Opening event for media, VIP's and the public SAVE THE DATE! Friday, Feb 5th in Vancouver & Saturday, Feb 6th in Whistler (4:30 – 6:30 PM)
  • Medal ceremonies and celebrations for Swiss Athletes
  • Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate giveaways, demonstrations and contests
  • 'Swiss Days' celebration of traditional Swiss culture
  • Daily give-aways from Zimtstern – Switzerland's most technologically advanced and stylish snowboard and streetwear clothing company
  • Swiss Chef's, who have added Swiss specialty dishes to the local menus
  • Live broadcasts of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Complimentary Pure Swiss bottled water for each guest
  • Children's Entertainment by the famous Globi – the "Mickey Mouse" of Switzerland
  • Personalized Nespresso coffee, served by World Barista Champion Sammy Piccolo
  • Ricola give-away day
  • Free samples from Cheeses of Switzerland
  • 'Swiss Biscuit Day' with free samples from Swiss biscuit maker HUG
  • Live music with musicians from St. Moritz – daily ten-minute sets
  • Switzerland's Official Broadcast studio set-up in Bridges Restaurant
  • VIP treatment for media, including complimentary laptops and wireless internet
  • A Digital Host providing an instant line of contact through twitter and facebook – watch for twitter contests and "tweet-ups"
  • A VALENTINE'S DAY SURPRISE – yet to be revealed SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, February 14th in Vancouver and Whistler
  • A chance to win a trip for two to St. Moritz Switzerland in Whistler and Vancouver – valued at $10,000 including 5-star accommodation at luxurious Hotel Kempinski or Hotel Badrutt's Palace
  • And much more!

Media Note: All media who plan to receive special media privilege, attend the medal ceremonies and interview Swiss dignitaries or athletes must be accredited by Presence Switzerland. Please e-mail Danica.wolfe@fleishman.ca to request instructions on accreditation and to arrange for interviews.

Find us online: www.houseofswitzerland.org
www.facebook.com/HOSCanada2010
www.twitter.com/HOSCanada2010

As part of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA, Presence Switzerland is responsible for the presentation of Switzerland abroad. This mandate is defined by the Federal Act and Ordinance on the Promotion of Switzerland's Image Abroad (SR 194.1 and 194.11). The aim of Switzerland's communication abroad is to promote general knowledge about Switzerland, to heighten awareness of Switzerland and enhance its visibility abroad.

The House of Switzerland Canada 2010 at Bridges Restaurant in Vancouver and the Mountain Club in Whistler are the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games Swiss hospitality headquarters. The Swiss inspired venues will act as a meeting point and social hub for the Swiss Olympic team, Official Hospitality House sponsors, partners and the public, from 5 February 2010 – 28 February 2010.

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