Tips & Insights

Seven Steps to De-stress Your
Market Planning

Get from home to showroom – and back – with ease

Scheduling your flight, reserving your rooms, finding the showrooms, seminars and events you want to see – planning for Market can seem daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to make your preparations for Market Week as simple and cost-effective as possible.

1. Don’t Forget to Register!

Trust us, it happens. You book your flights and hotel, arrive in High Point excited to start shopping showrooms, step into your first building, and BAM. You don’t have your pass. In all the anticipation, you forgot to sign up! So first things first. If you haven’t already, register for passes.

PRO TIP: Hotels fill up early – make your reservations as soon as possible.

2. Getting There

Planes, trains and automobiles are all at your service to get you into High Point. Drivers can find rental car services and detailed directions at Plan Your Trip. If you’d rather ride the rails, go to www.ncbytrain.org or call AMTRAK at 800.872.7245.

Guests flying in have the advantage of choosing between three airports: Piedmont Triad (GSO), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Charlotte/Douglas (CLT). Each one is served by our free airport shuttle service, so you can choose the one that works best for your budget and schedule. One thing to keep in mind: If you choose RDU or CLT, you must reserve your shuttle online.

3. Accommodations

Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort experience, a budget hotel stay, or even a private home, High Point Market has a room for you. Check the Accommodations page in the Plan Your Trip section for rates, contact information and free hotel shuttle times.

A private home can be an excellent option if you’re coming to Market as part of a group. Just call one of the companies listed on the Accommodations page to see about renting an entire home – and be sure to call more than one rental home company – the cost varies widely from location to location.

4. Plan Your Market Visit Online - Save It to MyMarket

With MyMarket, you can search for exhibitors by name, product category, and building, filter by price point and service, and investigate exhibitors' full profiles. You can see the shuttle stop for every showroom. You can review all educational and social events. Plus, as you find what you want to see, you can save your selections to MyMarket.

Access MyMarket here at highpointmarket.org to take your plan with you wherever you go. If you want to make changes, no problem. You can access the website wherever you are, from your tablet or laptop.

5. Make Appointments

Market is officially open from 8am ​- 7pm Saturday - ​Tuesday, Wednesday 8am - 5pm. Whenever you choose to visit, our exhibitors want to make sure you have the best possible experience, so it’s always a good idea to set up your appointments before you get to town. Plus, some exhibitors choose to open their showrooms a day early, on Friday. So we strongly recommend scheduling appointments for any showrooms you intend to visit outside of these officially published hours.

6. Getting Around

If you drive in to Market with a rental car or your personal vehicle, be sure to take full advantage of our two Park & Ride lots. Both offer free parking and free shuttle service to and from the downtown Transportation Terminal.

It really isn’t necessary to bring your car, though. The free airport and hotel shuttles will take you right to the Transportation Terminal, where you can catch a free downtown shuttle to any Market showroom and event. You can also grab a free ride to almost any off-campus venue. Our Go Anywhere shuttles will take you to any location within a three-mile radius of the High Point city limits.

PRO TIP: Save your dress shoes for special events, and wear something comfortable to get from place to place.

7. If You Don’t DIY…

Nervous about planning everything yourself? Let someone else do it. Our partner travel agency, Travel Quest Inc., will handle everything for you, from flights and trains to airport shuttle and lodging reservations. Think of Travel Quest Inc. as your Market concierge, offering convenience, local knowledge, and sage advice for first-time guests and Market veterans alike. Give them a call at 336.434.3867 or email hpmarket@travelquestinc.com to get a jumpstart on your trip.

PRO TIP: International guests can call Travel Quest Inc. for travel services, and visit our International Buyers Center for onsite services such as currency exchange.

Sure, there are a lot of moving parts to planning your Market tour, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Just follow these seven tips to make it easy. Oh – one final tip – remember that we’re always here to help. If you have any questions or need assistance, just call us at 336.869.1000.