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EDITORIAL: New visitors center touts region

August 10, 2014

The High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Aug. 10--For decades, the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau has touted High Point as a destination: Bring your conference or convention and while here shop for furniture, take in a performance at our theater or enjoy the city's historical sites or golfing and dining opportunities.

But now, the HPCVB has a new message: Come to High Point and shop for furniture, take in a performance at our theater, enjoy the city's historical sites or golfing and dining opportunities -- and while here, explore central North Carolina and its many day-trip opportunities within short driving distance of High Point.

It's a new message, a different message. But it is an enticing message that has the potential to put High Point on the national travel map as the tourism gateway to central North Carolina. And none other than Gov. Pat McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown not far from some of the area's most interesting historic sites, came to High Point Thursday night for the formal opening of the HPCVB's new Regional Visitors Center to help spread the word.

The Regional Visitors Center, located at the HPCVB's new offices on N. Main Street in the High Point Chamber of Commerce building, is a state of the art, high-tech tourism information center. It's a facility of which Tim Mabe, CEO and president, and his staff at the HPCVB can be proud. At several touch-screen locations, a visitor can learn about the range of attractions in High Point, the surrounding area and region: including among others, Things to Do, Things to See, Upcoming Events -- and for Kids & Family.

Sections of the visitors center's 12 galleries focus on High Point University, the city's general history and specifically its furniture, textile and tobacco heritage -- with, of course, a central focus on the High Point Market. But especially noteworthy among the displays loaded with information are stations that inform the visitor of interior design services in the city and the more than 40 locations for retail furniture and home furnishings sales.

That listing of interior design and home furnishings retail sales locations in High Point and the surrounding area is a must-see feature for those coming to the Regional Visitors Center and the city in search of furniture. But now the visitor here will find more than just information about furniture and High Point.

They will learn how High Point is not only the Furniture Capital of the World; it's also the gateway to many varied tourist sites in central North Carolina. And that new message is one we all, in addition to the governor, can now spread.


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