Attendance at the recent spring High Point Market was relatively steady, despite concerns of a boycott of the market resulting from the controversial HB2 bill passed by North Carolina that restricts access to public restroom facilities by birth gender and limits which groups may be considered for anti-discrimination legislation.
According to the High Point Market Authority, the number of registered buyers at the spring High Point Market was down 1% compared to the spring market in 2015. Overall, the numbers of total registered attendees, which includes buyers, exhibitors, representatives, media, students and guests, for this year’s spring High Point Market totaled 79,376. The total number of registered attendees in spring of 2015 totaled 80,300, representing a 1% decline, the HPMA noted.
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, according to HPMA.
The Fall High Point Market will be held October 22 to 26.