In an exciting announcement, we have decided to move our Visitors Information and Welcome Center to the High Point Chamber of Commerce building at 1634 N. Main Street in order to enhance the level of services offered to visitors.
Our Visitors Information and Welcome Center is currently at 300 South Main Street. We will move when our lease expires in February 2014. The new space is approximately the same size as our current space. But, the new 5,398 square foot offices will enable us to serve a larger number of visitors with an area set aside for an engaging exhibit of High Point companies and attractions. Parking and bathroom access will also be greatly improved.
The move will enable us to be in the same building with one of our closest community partners, the Chamber of Commerce. It offers exciting opportunities for collaborative efforts and new efficiencies.
Our new visitors’ center will be large enough for interactive displays, scaled models of area attractions, a city model showing showroom locations and even an ongoing video presentation. Visitors are sure to feel a ‘wow’ effect when they come into our new center, which will be skillfully designed to excite and inspire visitors to take in and enjoy all that High Point and our region have to offer.
The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau was originally created by the High Point Chamber of Commerce in 1983, and it was then established by state legislation in 1984 as independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce have had a long history of working together. This move will allow us to better leverage both our resources, creating a one-stop shop for visitors to our community. It allows us to promote our members to these visitors, which is good for our economy, and it will also help support our business relocation efforts and other initiatives to promote our community to the rest of the world.
Our new site is in a prime spot near the entryway to High Point’s downtown core, an area set to be revitalized as part of the Ignite High Point plan being developed by the Miami-based architecture firm Duany Plater-Zyberk. DPZ started the planning process for creating a master plan for a vibrant center city in High Point with a series of 11 charrettes held this past spring.
With the master plan that DPZ proposes, our welcome center can serve as the first stop for visitors to High Point. They can find out what is offered and where to go and then easily walk or drive to those destinations. The new location will feature a new, separate entrance and serve as a more visible “front door” for visitors.