The IMFA 2019 Seminar will be held on the 6th-8th March 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Maryland.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00pm to
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:00pm

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland, USA.

Registrations for the 2019 seminar are now open.

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Speakers and Topics


Kathy Kneer – Non-Wood Fibers: A Global and Regional Perspective


Genera – Alternative Fibers
Susan Cornish – Recyclability
Frederich Jaeger – A Free Thinking Futuristic Look at our industry
Steve McLaughin – Direct To Consumer Packaging
Tom Lentz – AON Risk Solutions
George Misko – Current Regulatory Issues
Lynn Dyer – FPI  PFAS+

Group Breakout Sessions

Interactive Moderated Panel Discussions

  1. Current Regulatory Issues
  2. The Future of Our Industry
  3. Risk/Safety Management
  4. Alternative Fibers
  5. Recyclability

Our exclusive yearly seminar is the only one of its kind in the world. Dedicated to showcasing advancements in the industry, we provide a platform for you to explore, capitalise and expand your network with 120 delegates, from more than 20 countries.

Discover insights into renewable molded fiber packaging and connect with global manufacturers, equipment and service providers, suppliers and industry experts.

*Speakers & Topics subject to change

Hotel Bookings

Kindly use this link when booking all rooms. This saves IMFA money and will reduce future seminar costs when negotiating with hotels. LINK

*February 13 deadline for group rates

Travel Information

Convenient to D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Gaylord National is just 15 minutes due south of Washington, D.C.—right off the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495)—making it an easy drive from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas as well.

Air Travel

Gaylord National is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport and a 45-minute drive from both Dulles and Baltimore Washington International Airports. If you are flying Delta airlines, you can receive a discount by accessing this link and following the directions: Delta Airlines Discount Code usage Instructions 2019

Ground Transportation

Gaylord Transportation Discount:
Special Gaylord discount on SuperShuttle and ExecuCar services with discount code GNR50 (prepaid reservations only. Also available on SuperShuttle app)

Ticket Prices*
  • From Reagan National (DCA) to Gaylord National
    • 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Departs every 20 minutes
    • $18 one way/ $33 per person, pre-paid round trip/ $85 for exclusive van service
    • Pricing does not include $2.00 airport entry fee
  • From Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Gaylord National
    • $45 per passenger/$125 exclusive van
    • Pricing does not include $1.00 airport entry fee
  • From Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) to Gaylord National
    • $45 per passenger/$125 exclusive
    • To make your shuttle reservation, call 1-800-660-8000, visit online at or stop by the Transportation Desk located in the Front Lobby.
    • Transportation to sights and activities to enjoy while during your stay:
IMFA Spouse/Guest Tour – D.C. Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

It’s easy to tour the capital region with the Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Discover D.C.’s top attractions at your own pace, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery. Tickets can be purchased at Gaylord National’s Concierge Desk or by calling 202-969-1437. You may also purchase tickets online. The IMFA Spouse/Guest Tour will meet at the Parking Entrance at 8:10 AM to board the 8:30 bus. The Parking Entrance, which is close to the Bus Loop, is accessed from the 2nd floor of the hotel. If you wait until you arrive, please get your tickets at the concierge desk on Wednesday since the bus leaves at 8:30 AM and the concierge desk opens at 8:00 AM Thursday morning and there may be a line.

Shuttle Time

Gaylord National Resort (pick up in the bus loop) 7 days a week
Departs: 8:30am
Returns: 5:30pm

Please note that shuttle management will make every effort to maintain the schedule but may experience traffic delays beyond our control, especially during peak business hours. Subject to availability. Dates, times and prices subject to change. Additional restrictions may apply.

Water Taxi Service

Explore this historic region from the dynamic perspective of its famous river. Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi service connecting Gaylord National to key locations around Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Cruise to Old Town Alexandria to shop, dine and explore. Visit President George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Or, take a trip to Georgetown and enjoy a breathtaking view of the monuments along the way.

You can purchase tickets from the booth on the Gaylord National Pier or visit the
Potomac Riverboat Company website

Shuttle Service to MGM National Harbor, Tanger Outlets and more
Registered overnight guests at Gaylord National can enjoy FREE transportation on the Harbor Circulator Bus as part of the resort fee. This shuttle runs 7 days a week from 11am to 10:13pm on Sunday-Thursday and till 12:53am on Friday and Saturdays.