BSDA – Bucharest, Romania

Coverage in SADJ
BSDA 2010

Location
Romaero Exposition Center, Bucharest, Romania (The Romaero Expo Center is actively seeking other types of shows to come in to Bucharest area and use the facility- they have BSDA so the Aerospace and general defence niche is filled, other themed events are welcomed- contact Alexandru Tasca at alexandru.tasca@romaero.com)

Website
www.bsda.ro

Contact
Romanian Office:
TNT Productions Romania
12 Nerva Traian St. Bl. M37
Sc. Et. 1, Ap. 4, Sector 3
031046 Bucharest – Romania
Tel: +40 21 327 66 51
Fax: +40 21 327 6652
E-mail: romania@tntexpo.com

USA Office
TNT Productions, Inc.
9912A Georgetown Pike, Suite 206
Great Falls, VA, 22066 USA
Tel: +1 703 406 0010
Fax: +1 703 406 8543
E-mail: bsda@tntexpo.com
Website: www.bsda.ro

Next Show
May 18-20, 2016

Focus
BSDA is an exhibition that primarily showcases the local manufacturing production, and the groups desiring to exhibit to the region. Small arms, vehicles, military and law enforcement items are well displayed.

Dress
Business casual to suits. Attendees are equally divided between civilian street clothes and dress. Suggest wearing layers to deal with the changes in April temperature. Some of the time it was fairly cold in the buildings.

Hotel Hints
Try hotels.com but remember that most of the chains are represented in Bucharest and unless you are very adventuresome, we suggest staying at the Intercontinental, Hyatt, or similar but these are downtown, 20 minutes away. The Phoenicia is walking distance, and is a 4-star with free Internet.

Power & Plug Types
220volt 50 cycle, standard European two prong plugs

Country Warnings
While Romania is a wonderful country with many nice people, the problems become evident when arriving at the airport and being accosted by the local rogue taxi drivers. Warning signs at the airport tell you only to deal with the one taxi company at the taxi line, but we suggest vigilance in getting to the legitimate cabs at the curbside. There are many scams being operated in Romania, so have care in where you go.

Cultural Hints
Romania has a rich history, and the arts and music are well developed. Take the time to talk with people, and to visit the cultural sites.

Tipping
Tipping is normal, about 10% of charges over 50 RON or so. For smaller purchases, adjust upward.

Currency
Romanian New Lei (RON) is the currency used. At press time, the RON was equal to $0.33, €0.24, £ 0.22, and ¥29.98. Get current info at www.xe.com/ucc/

Getting Around
There are numerous layers of taxi charges, running from very reasonable to extortionate. Be sure to look at the side of the cab and see what the rate is. If it starts with a “1” as in 1.29 or 1.39 LEI, that is good. If it is “3” or over, it will be very expensive. Busses and trains are reliable, but we recommend taxis in town.

Military Museums
The Romanian National Military Museum is well worth the visit, the displays concentrate on uniforms, transport, and artillery. Located on 125-127 Mircea Vulcanescu Street, district 1. Tel +40 (0) 21-319-59-04 Int 107 you can find their website through www.defence.ro

Tourism
www.romaniatourism.com is the official site; explore it before your trip. Any spare time can be spent around the city of Bucharest, and there are many, many good restaurants to try. It takes a couple of extra days to really get out into the country side and it’s a day trip to the Castle of Dracula.