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How to simplify your Market planning

Did you know High Point Market has its own concierge that can help you plan every aspect of your travel and stay, right down to restaurant reservations? Travel Quest Inc., an official Market partner, is just a phone call away. You can reach them at 336.434.3867, if you want to make your travel planning super-simple. However, if you want to tackle finding your way to Market on your own, there are a few things you should know. Below, Lee Allen, owner of Travel Quest Inc., shares his best practices on how to make Market planning a breeze.

Flights

Allen says your first step when booking flights is to check the Plan Your Trip page of the High Point Market website. There are three airport options to choose from when traveling to High Point Market – Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte and we can help you find the best option to suit your needs and budget.

It’s also important to be flexible. If you’re flying in from what Allen calls a “non-competitive air route” (in other words, a small regional airport), you may only have one or two flight options to choose from. The High Point Market Authority provides complimentary shuttle service from three area airports including Piedmont Triad International (PTI), Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), and Charlotte Douglas International (CLT).

Piedmont Triad Airport is not only the closest, it is also the only one to offer hourly shuttles and free bag checking at High Point Market.

Free airport shuttles run to and from Piedmont Triad Airport every hour, 8am to 7pm, and you won’t need a reservation. Plus, with the free bag check service, you don’t have to lug your bags to the airport when you’re on the way home. Just leave them with the support staff at Market and pick them up at your final destination. It’s a real convenience for the weary traveller, and it is only available for attendees departing from Piedmont Triad Airport (GSO).

“The airport shuttles to Charlotte and Raleigh run every two hours, and reservations are required but are a great option if you have more time” Allen says. “Take a look at the shuttle schedules to make sure you’re not arriving too early. That way, you won’t get stuck with a long wait until your shuttle arrives.

Hotels

One of Allen’s biggest hotel tips is to book early. “Try to book right after Market for the next one,” he says. “Early bookings tend to get special pricing, but that price can disappear fast, make sure you book right away after getting a price quote from your desired hotel.” The other advantage to booking early is that you have a much better chance of finding the perfect place to stay.

Try to book right after Market for the next one.
- Lee Allen, Travel Quest Inc.

“I find more and more people are asking for four-star hotels,” Allen continues. “But understand that they fill up very early and their hotel rooms are limited as far as availability. They need to be booked as far in advance as possible.”

Before you do book, though, check the hotel-to-Market shuttle to ensure your preferred hotel is on the shuttle route. According to Allen, not all area hotels are on the routes due to the standards and quality of the accommodations.

Transportation

Finding your way around Market is the easy part. The Market Authority provides a robust complimentary shuttle service, and you are free to hop-on and off the downtown shuttles throughout the week. Two continuous loops run from 7:30am – 8pm, providing easy access to almost every showroom and event.

It’s always a good idea to consult the Downtown Shuttle route maps before you schedule your showroom appointments, so you can maximize your at-Market efficiency. And, yes, it is a very good idea to set up appointments with the showrooms you want to visit, so your exhibitors can be prepared to give you the best possible experience. Market is officially open from 8am on Saturday morning until 5pm Thursday evening. However, some exhibitors choose to open their showrooms a day early, on Friday, and some choose to start packing up on Thursday morning, so we strongly recommend scheduling appointments for any Friday or Thursday shopping you have on your list.

Renting a car really isn’t necessary.

If you need to get somewhere outside the downtown area, you’re covered there as well; the Go Anywhere shuttle will take you to any point within a three-mile radius of High Point. The free airport and hotel shuttles are also available on a regular schedule throughout Market Week. “Renting a car isn’t really necessary,” Allen notes, “unless you want the convenience of not having to plan around a shuttle schedule. While on-site parking is limited in the Market area, free park-and-ride lots are conveniently located and easy to use.”

Time-Frame

If you’ve ever heard someone say you can get great travel deals by booking at the last minute, put that out of your mind right now. About eight weeks before each Market’s opening day, flights, rental car reservations, and hotels start to fill up quickly – those that don’t can get awfully expensive.

“That always kills me, people saying, ‘Well I thought I could get something because it was getting closer,’” Allen says. “This past Market proved everyone wrong on that theory. Within 30 days of opening day, we had basically nothing. It’s supply and demand.”

According to Allen, “Your magic number should be 60. At 60 days to Market, bookings begin to increase substantially and prices start to rise. So make sure you get all your reservations prior to that mark if you want the best deals and most choices.” If you do find yourself making last-minute plans, you may be able to find more hotel options on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Quite a few Market guests want to be back at their businesses as the work week begins, so rooms do start to free up as you get deeper into Market Week.

“No matter when you start making your plans or how long you plan to stay, please remember, we’re here to help,” says Allen. “If you ever need assistance booking a flight, rental car, or room, just call Travel Quest Inc. at 336.434.3867.”