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High Point Market Authority Sponsors New International Buyer's Center

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At Market next month, the High Point Market Authority will unveil a pair of new reception spaces created to serve the diverse and changing needs of its retail attendees. Buyers from around the globe will now find a place of respite in the International Buyer Center located on the 5th floor of Showplace. Designed with the international business traveler in mind, the comfortably furnished space will offer all the usual business amenities—Internet access, fax and copier machines and satellite news feeds—paired with a full complement of travel and concierge services, as well as a prayer and meditation room. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the International Buyer Center will offer coffee in the mornings and lunch will be served daily from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., beginning Monday, October 16th through Sunday, October 22nd. Relates Tammy Covington Nagem, vice president of operations at the High Point Market Authority, “The new International Buyer Center has been created to welcome retailers from other countries and ensure that their visit to High Point Market is both thoroughly productive and enjoyable. The International Buyer Center is designed to be a place to regroup and rejuvenate, as well as a resource for the Market’s world travelers. Our concierge can assist with reservations for airlines, hotels, rental cars and local restaurants, foreign currency exchange, post-Market travel plans, local area information and more.” “These services during Market directly coincide with our strategic initiatives in further expanding our international brand in the marketplace,” says Brian D. Casey, president of the High Point Market Authority. “The cultivation of the international community as an integral part of our Market is essential to sustaining our leadership position in the home furnishings industry.” The Market Authority is also co-sponsoring a Buyers Lounge for domestic retailers on the first (top) floor of The Suites at Market Square. Designed as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Market, the Buyers Lounge is comfortably and attractively furnished (complete with massage chairs) and features a host of amenities for buying executives ranging from telephones, cell phone and Blackberry chargers, to Internet connections and fax and copy services. The Buyers Lounge will offer breakfast, lunch and cocktails daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., beginning Monday, October 16th through Sunday, October 22nd. Both retailer reception spaces will also feature boards displaying invitations to Market events. Exhibitors and industry associations interested in posting invitations in either the International Buyer Center or Buyers Lounge should forward invitations to the attention of Tammy Covington Nagem at the High Point Market Authority, 101 South Main Street, Suite 801, High Point, N.C., 27260, no later than October 9th. About the High Point Market Authority: The High Point Market Authority is the official sponsor of the High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings. Featuring more than 2600 exhibitors and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 110 countries, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry.

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