Brian D. Casey, president and chief executive officer of the High Point Market Authority, said that 75,329 home furnishings professionals registered for the recent market. Of these registrants, more than half—43,895—were buyers.
“I’m particularly pleased to report that almost 3,000 registrants returned to High Point this fall for the first time in three or more markets, and 2,635 more visited High Point for the first time ever,” Casey said.
Additionally, more than 1,600 international buyers representing 668 buying organizations from around the world registered for Fall Market 2009, as did 14,749 designers who came together to explore the newest ideas in home furnishings.
“Buyers are searching for ways to get their businesses moving again and a trip to the High Point Market is the most efficient, and cost-effective way to do that,” Casey said. “They realize that new products and ideas are imperative if they are going to lure consumers back into the marketplace, and that the best place to make these connections is the High Point Market.”