HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 27, 2016 – High Point University welcomed nearly 5,000 guests to campus for Fall Family Weekend, an annual event that also brings visitors to the city and provides a boost to the local economy. Last year’s Family Weekend had an estimated economic impact of more than $2.4 million according to The High Point Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
The weekend treated students and family members to performances by musicians, motivational speakers, faculty panels and lectures, a university update from HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein, student performances and worship services.
Families also had the opportunity to give back to the High Point Community. The Parents Council hosted its semi-annual service project on Saturday in partnership with “Meals of Hope.” The project involved packaging 20,000 meals for local agencies to distribute to families living with food insecurity in the High Point area.
Guests also explored the city of High Point, bringing business to local hotels, retail shops, restaurants and more. Several hotels were completely booked, including the High Point Marriott Courtyard. Kenneth Lile, general manager of the hotel, said that HPU events like Family Weekend benefit the local economy.
“The partnership with HPU, the city of High Point, CVB, Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations affords us the opportunity to share our knowledge with the visitors from around the world that frequent the campus of High Point University,” Lile said. “The economic impact that HPU brings to our business model is tremendous and our business eagerly reinvests in their future as part of the High Point University economic engine.”
The university will host an additional 1,600 guests for Alumni Weekend on Oct. 7-9. Last year the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated that Alumni Weekend alone generated more than a half million-dollar economic impact. For the months of September and October, more than 8,000 visitors will come to campus for Fall Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Fall Open House and athletic events.
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