High Point Market is a colorful celebration of home furnishings. It’s a design wonderland for the home fashion enthusiast, with over 2,000 exhibitors and thousands of new product launches each Market. With so much ground to cover and countless things to see, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you just need a place to start, so here are six tips for making your first Market experience trip feel like your tenth.
1. Secure Travel Details
If the thought of searching for flight tickets and hotel reservations makes your head spin, fear not. You can book your Market trip details through Travel Quest, Inc. This concierge service can assist with booking flights, vehicle rental, accommodations, and restaurant reservations, with many services offered at no cost to you.
Pro Tip: It’s never too early to book a hotel or home rental. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to secure your first choice for accommodations.
2. Make a HPMKT Plan
Advanced planning is key for a successful trip to Market. Create a MyMarket account and use it to lay out your High Point plan either from our website or via the High Point Market app. As you review Market exhibitors and events, use the star feature to add a showroom or event to your personalized plan.
Pro Tip: Having a game plan for Market is a must, but also allow yourself time to wander, be inspired, and take it all in.
3. Take Advantage of Free Shuttle Services
The Market district covers a lot of territory – over 11.5 million square feet, to be exact. To get you from every Market showroom, building, and event, complimentary shuttle service is available throughout Market week. Shuttle service is also available for surrounding hotels and designated airports.
Pro Tip: Though the shuttles can take you most anywhere, you’ll still cover a considerable amount of ground on foot. Comfortable shoes are a must!
4. Check out the Event Calendar
During Market week, several educational, social, and networking events are offered. These opportunities are the perfect time to make new connections and expand your professional network. Be sure to check out the event calendar on the High Point Market website, as well as in the High Point Market app.
Pro Tip: Network like a pro – be sure to bring a stack of business cards!
5. Get to The Point
Located on Commerce Avenue, The Point is a rich resource for education, connecting, and planning your next steps. Educational seminars and mixers are hosted here throughout Market week, serving as a stylish hub to gain knowledge and meet new people. Trained Market Advisors are ready and able to assist you in finding showrooms, answering questions, and making the most of your Market experience.
Pro Tip: During Market, include the hashtag ‘#HPMKTMemory’ on your Instagram posts, and pick up a printed copy of your photo from the hashtag printer at The Point.
6. Stay in Touch
Even though Market is just two weeks every year, the home furnishings industry never sleeps. Be sure to follow High Point Market on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter to stay on top of all things HPMKT and home furnishings.
Pro Tip: Once you register for Market, ENews content will be delivered to your inbox. This is where important pre-Market information will be announced, so be sure to review it when received.
For more information on registering, visit highpointmarket.org.