Furniture Market fills area hotels

By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal

Area hotels are seeing their usual boost in business for the Tupelo Furniture Market.
The spring market officially begins Thursday and ends Sunday.
Cindy Murphey, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Tupelo, said the property has a few rooms available for the weekend but is completely booked for today and Thursday.
Murphey said the numbers look good so far. Similar to prior years, she said, “We have more at the beginning of the market then it tapers out toward the end of the weekend.”
“This is one of the busiest times of the year,” said Demetri Pappas, assistant manager of the Clarion Inn and Summitt Center.
One of the good things about the market is that it drives mid-week business for the hotel, he added.
Pappas said that despite the completion of so many new hotels rooms in Tupelo – three properties have opened since 2011 – the Clarion is still sold out for the three main nights of the market.
“This is one of the biggest markets they’ve had in a while,” he said.
Kevin Seddon, president of the Tupelo Furniture Market, said rooms also have been booked in New Albany and Fulton.
He also said the market’s buyer recruitment department has aggressively promoted this year’s spring event and has had “tremendous success bringing in major buyers.”
He said that in addition to a number of new vendors, “a lot of companies are returning this year that haven’t been here for years.”
Seddon said his only concern is the slight chance that the winter storm in the Midwest could affect travel for some.
However, he added, “Only one that I know of has canceled so far.”