HydroponEast 2013 Held with Success in Moscow
Russia/Bulgaria - May 2013 - The 2013 expo held in Moscow on May 10-11 was recognized by industry experts as successful! This long-awaited first-ever hydroponic trade show, which is now a historical fact, hosted over 20 world known companies catering to the hydroponic markets on all the continents. During the two expo days the organizers registered 1,500 visits from over 1,000 visitors coming mainly from Russia and the neighboring countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan).
Visitors who made it to the expo on these hot May days did not regret. The exhibitors provided an abundance of giveaways, contests, freebies. There were a number of specialty meetings, including the presentation of William Textier's book "Hydroponics for Everyone" in Russian.
We also reached out to our exhibitors and asked about their impression on the Moscow expo. The overall opinion is the 2013 expo needs to have a continuation!
Secret Jardin, Belgium:
HydroponEast Expo was great this year. A little bit calm, but productive with good contacts.
Thanks for the award we received. We have worked a lot during this year to present you our new products. We hope you’ll enjoy them!
Advanced Hydroponics from Holland:
The expo in Moscow was the perfect launching pad for introducing Advanced Hydroponics of Holland and its products, Dutch Formula and Natural Power to the Russian market. We met many individual growers and shop owners, who were very enthusiastic about our product line.
Looking forward to the 2014.
Our 2nd Russian experience has been very interesting. It was beautiful to meet all the brands from the international hydroponic family in Moscow. Thanks a lot to the organization team for their pioneer work. Hopefully the HydroponEast Expo will continue next year with even more exhibitors and visitors. For sure HOMEbox will be there to impress the cultivators with the latest technologies about indoor gardening.
AutoPot Watering Systems, UK:
We were very pleased with the reaction of retailers and growers to our products. The Russian market is still in the early stages, but the enthusiasm is certainly there. We look forward to an even busier show next year.
We want to thank all our customers and Biobizz supporters who visited Hydroponeast! It was a great opportunity to meet business people and end-users interested in gardening. Because of the great interest in organic gardening we had a lot of enthusiastic visitors at our booth. We believe that Russia has a great potential for our industry. Biobizz works hard to service our customers with great products and knowledge in your region.
Domashnij Sad, Russia:
We sold more devices during the first expo day than during any other expo we attended. This is a breakthrough for the first hydroponic expo! Our products and approach were highly evaluated by the international guests and local visitors.
General Hydroponics Europe, France:
After collaborating on a successful seminar in Moscow in September 2012, we were happy to join forces with HydroponEast a second time for their fair in May 10-11, 2013. Although it was a long holiday in Russia, we were happily surprised to see more visitors than we expected. This fair gave us the opportunity to meet our public, and the possibility to start new projects for the future. We are looking forward to the next fair, and the pleasure to meet more of our readers in person. So see you all in 2014!
The 2013 expo turned out very useful for our company to get feedback from our customers (grow-shops). We were very happy about the visitors' openness and joy that such an event was taking place in our country. We are now positive that hydroponics is interesting for more and more people.
Advanced Hydroponics of Holland
AutoPot (Global) Ltd
General Hydroponics Europe
Grow Trade Russia - www.growtrade.ru
HESI Plantenvoeding BV - www.hesi.nl
Hortiline - www.hortiline.com
METHOD SEVEN - www.methodseven.com
Culture Indoor - www.cultureindoor.com
Trimpro Canada - www.trimpro.com
G-Systems Engineering ood
Hollands Glorie - www.hollands-glorie.net
HOME box - www.homebox.net
Lux Light International
Plagron - www.plagron.com
UGro Coco - www.ugrococo.com
MAY 10, 2013
10:00 - Opening of the Expo
14:00 - 17:00 - Round Table Discussion "Flowers and Hydroponics"
17:00 - 17:30 - Advanced Hydroponics Sweepstakes (Booth 17)
Awards to win:
• Trip for Two to the Cannafest in Prague, Czech Republic
• Products from Advanced Hydroponics from Holland for EUR 2,000
• Cash Prize of EUR 1,000
17:30 - 18:00 - French Wine Fiesta from General Hydroponics Europe
18:00 - Closing of the First Expo Day
MAY 11, 2013
10:00 - Opening of the Second Expo Day
14:00 - 17:00 - Round Table Discussion "Hydroponics for Everyone".
Presentation of the book "Hydroponics for Everyone" by W. Texier.
17:00 - 17:30 - Sweepstakes from Advanced Hydroponics from Holland (Booth 17)
18:00 - Closing of the Expo
Russia in brief
Facts and Figures
Total area: 17,075,400 km2
Bordering countries: From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia,Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and theU.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.
Time zone: (UTC+3 to +12 (exc. +5))
Population: 143,300,000 million
Climate: The enormous size of Russia and the remoteness of many areas from the sea result in the dominance of the humid continental climate, which is prevalent in all parts of the country except for the tundra and the extreme southeast.
Dominant religions: Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism are Russia's traditional religions, and are all legally a part of Russia's "historical heritage".
Capital: Moscow is the largest city in Russia with a population of 11.5 million people
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)
Do not forget to apply for a Russian Visa at any Russian Embassy of your country before you come to Russia. Normally Russian travel agencies and hotels provide a Visa Support letter necessary for a Russian Visa application. Please, contact the Russian Embassy of your country for more information. If during your tour to Russia you plan to visit Finland, Estonia, Ukraina or another neighbour Russian country and come back to Russia, do not forget to apply for double entry Russian Visa.
Immigration and Customs
When you arrive at the airport in Russia you will go through Immigration Control. An officer will inspect your passport and visa for validity. Russian customs officers usually don’t ask you the purpose of your trip (they see the visa and it is clear), but in case they do, just say that you are there for tourism – they will know the word.
Once you clear Immigration Control and pick up your luggage you will then go through Customs Declarations, separated into two corridors, Green and Red. If you have nothing to declare, proceed through the Green corridor. If you are carrying over 10,000 dollars in cash or something you intend to sell in Russia, go through the Red corridor for inspection.
Once you clear the customs you will walk through the gate. Welcome to Russia!
Moscow has a great choice of fine dining, with world-class restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines, as well as examples of the best Russian cuisine, and other regional favorites, Uzbek and Georgian. Tibetan and Japanese is also popular here, and local eateries serve good fare at reasonable prices. Fast food chains have taken hold, but there are plenty of more unique options for defeating hunger pangs. Russian cafes and street vendors serve blinis (stuffed pancakes), stuffed potatoes, meat pies and filling soups to stay warm. In local restaurants, menus are in Cyrillic script, but normally have accompanying pictures of each dish.
Moscow is a vast city, covering some 880 square kilometers. While much of what you'll want to see is in the relatively small city center, where it pays to walk whenever possible, there are plenty of attractions a little further off, and the chances are you'll need to use public transport to reach them.
From the majestic metro to the quirky marshrutka minibuses, Moscow's transport system is pretty interesting in its own right, and remarkably efficient, too.
Taking a Taxi
In Moscow any car is a taxi, and you will quickly notice how Muscovites get around by simply sticking out a hand and jumping into the first car that stops. Official taxis are more expensive, but still cheap by European standards unless, of course, you're being ripped-off. Official taxis come in a variety of guises, but normally have some yellow markings and a yellow roof-light. If the car is not equipped with a meter then you can set a fixed rate for a specific destination. The easiest option, wherever possible, is to order a taxi in advance.
Government offices, should you need them, open from 9am or l0am to 5pm or 6pm weekdays. Banks usually open from 9am to noon Monday to Friday; those in major cities often also open from 1pm to 6pm. Currency exchange booths open long hours, and on Saturday and sometimes Sunday too.
Most shops are open Monday to Saturday. Food shops tend to open from 8am to 8pm , except for a pereryv (break) from 1pm to 2pm or 2pm to 3pm ; some close later, some open Sunday until 5pm . Other shops mostly operate from l0am or 11am to 7pm or 8pm , with a 2pm to 3pm break. Department stores may run from Sam to 8pm or 9pm without a break. A few shops stay open through the weekend and close on Monday.
In major cities there are more and more 24hour kiosks selling food and drink. Restaurants typically open from noon to midnight except for a break between afternoon and evening meals.
Museum hours change often, as do the weekly days off. Most museums shut entrance doors 30 minutes or an hour before closing time, and may have shorter hours on the day before their day off.
Since the crash of 1998, the Russian ruble has remained fairly stable and, for now, stands at just under 30 rubles to the US dollar, or just over 35 rubles to the euro.
It is illegal to charge for goods or services in any currency other than rubles, and no longer will taxi drivers happily take your dollars off you. You will also find some stores, bars and restaurants quoting prices in 'y.e.', which means 'standard units', convertible to rubles at a rate set by the establishment and normally somewhere between the dollar and the euro. Make sure you know what the rate is in each place.
Changing money is easy - Moscow probably has more exchange centers per square mile than any other city in the world, many of them operation 24-hour. This also means that rates are normally competitive, and it's worth shopping around if you want to change a lot. Commission is normally negligible. This only applies to dollars and euros, though, and other currencies are normally only changeable at larger banks or central exchange offices.
As it's impossible to buy rubles outside Russia, you will probably need to bring a certain amount of cash in euros or dollars - the two most readily exchangeable currencies. Otherwise, the easiest way to access funds is through ATM machines once you get to Moscow. Machines have sprung up all over the city in the last few years, and can be found in the lobbies of most hotels, in metro stations and, of course, next to banks. The flat-rate charges are small, and exchange rates are normally reasonable (although there's little way of checking beforehand).
Traveller's cheques are, of course, a safe option, but harder to exchange in Moscow than in most tourist destinations.
Credit cards are accepted at an ever increasing number of shops and restaurants, particularly of the more up-market variety, although their systems can be temperamental. Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted, and AmEx and Diner's Club are not as useful.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Russia (the Russian Federation) are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.
Despite the recent rapid improvements in the telecommunications infrastructure, telephoning in Russia can be difficult and expensive. Best bet is to use the phone at your hotel. Tokens are required for street pay phones, which can be purchased at newsstands, in some stores, and many kiosks.