11/18/2016 - High Point Market
High Point Market - Registration Data from Fall Market 2016
High Point, NC, November 18, 2016 — The number of registrants at the Fall 2016 High Point Market was down 2.4% compared to the Fall 2015 Market. Overall, the numbers of total registrants, which includes buyers, exhibitors, representatives, media, students and guests, for Fall 2016 totaled 77,036. The total number of registrants in Fall 2015 totaled 78,953, representing a 2.4% decline.
“The Fall 2015 Market was the best October Market we’d seen in five years, so the 2016 Fall Market was certainly still very good,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “Compared to the Fall 2014 data, this Market’s registration was up by 0.8%.”
“Traffic was strong at the Universal Furniture showroom in October; Fall Market was very positive for us,” commented Jeff Scheffer, board chairman for the High Point Market Authority and president and CEO of Universal Furniture. “That being said, retail has been a struggle for many, especially during the first half of the year, and that historically has a negative effect on attendance. For registrations to be off only slightly, as both an exhibitor and the new board chairman, I’m pleased with the numbers.”
“The overwhelming majority of exhibitors I have spoken with had a great market, so there’s a lot of optimism going into 2017,” added Conley.
According to an economic impact study conducted by Duke University in 2013, the High Point Market is the largest economic event in the State of North Carolina each year. The Market has an annual economic impact of $5.38 billion and attracts approximately 75,000 attendees from more than 100 countries twice each year.
The High Point Market has approximately 11.5 million square feet of showrooms housed in approximately 180 buildings in and around downtown High Point, NC. The next Market will be April
22 – 26, 2017.
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