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Attendee registration for IWF 2018 will open in January 2018, Click here to be added to the IWF 2018 mailing list to receive information about registering for IWF, hotel and travel information as well as other show information.
The cost for attending the IWF 2018 Education Conference sessions is $55 for pre-registration and $65 on-site. The cost for All Day Symposiums varies. Click here for information on the IWF 2018 Education Conference.
Wednesday August 22, 2018 Thru Saturday August 25, 2018.
Wednesday - Friday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM Saturday 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
The Georgia World Congress Center is located adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park at 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard in downtown Atlanta and is within easy walking distance of most downtown hotels. From the airport, you can use MARTA, Atlanta's rapid rail system, take a cab or rent a car. MARTA and/or shuttle bus service will also be available from select hotels. For detailed travel information Click Here.
Yes. The GWCC has two main entrances, however, IWF 2016 will only use the Andrew Young International Boulevard Entrance, located between buildings A and B. This entrance is convenient for pedestrian traffic from downtown, MARTA riders exiting at the Arena/Dome/GWCC Station, and parking at the Red Lot (International Boulevard). The Northside Drive entrance is located in Building C, very convenient to nearby parking areas in the blue and yellow lots.
There will be limited parking at IWF. Almost 3,000 public parking spaces are available immediately around the Georgia World Congress Center. Additional spaces are available in independent lots throughout downtown Atlanta that are within walking distance of the Georgia World Congress Center. Due to the limited parking, please ride the IWF Shuttle Bus, take MARTA, or walk to IWF if possible.
MARTA is Atlanta's public transportation system, which includes a rapid rail and bus service. Rides are $2.50 each way. The Georgia World Congress Center is convenient to the GWCC/Dome/CNN/Philips (W-1) station. Inquire about the best way to get to your hotel or the GWCC via MARTA at the MARTA Information Kiosk (RideStore) at the entrance to the Airport MARTA Station or call 404-848-4711 or go online to www.itsmarta.com.
The IWF Shuttle Bus schedule will be posted in the lobby of each hotel served by an IWF Shuttle Bus. In addition, a Transportation Guide with the schedule will be sent to all pre-registered buyers with their badges. If your hotel is served by an IWF Shuttle Bus, you can catch the shuttle bus from your hotel to IWF each morning of the Fair. Each afternoon shuttle buses will depart from the Shuttle Bus Pick-Up area in front of the Georgia World Congress Center and return to participating hotels.
The Georgia World Congress Center is located in the downtown area of Atlanta, so most of the downtown hotels are within reasonable walking distance to the Fair. The midtown area is approximately three miles from the convention center and most Midtown hotels are served by an IWF Shuttle Bus. The Buckhead area is approximately seven miles from the convention center, and most Buckhead hotels are convenient to MARTA or offer shuttle bus service to and from nearby MARTA stations. Hotels in the Perimeter areas are approximately 12-15 miles from the convention center. Hotels in the airport area provide shuttle bus service to the airport MARTA station. The downtown area is appoximately 15 minutes from the airport on MARTA.
Attendee housing for IWF 2018 will open in January 2018. Click here to be added to the IWF 2018 mailing list to receive information about registering for IWF, hotel and travel information as well as other show information.
No one under the age of 16 is permitted on the exhibit floor for safety and insurance reasons. No exceptions will be made.
No. Children are not allowed at IWF and no exceptions will be made. Check with your hotel for suggestions on how best to arrange suitable child care while attending IWF.
The Georgia World Congress Center has a limited number of wheelchairs available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are also available for rent through ScootAround. Contact ScootAround at 888-441-7575.
Coat and baggage check will be available at the Georgia World Congress Center during IWF. The exact location will be published in the Official IWF Fair Directory which will be available when you arrive at IWF.
No. IWF is open only to industry trade, professionals, and serious woodworking enthusiasts.
IWF is an extensive trade show. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Since IWF takes place over four days, pre-planning is essential for effective coverage. To pre-plan, follow these tips: A few weeks before the show, read trade publications or visit IWF's web site for up-to-date lists of exhibitors and their booth locations. Use this information to determine your objectives for attending the show. Establish three priorities: (1) exhibitors you absolutely must see; (2) secondary exhibitors that you would like to see; (3) exhibitors with new ideas and new technology. Be sure to leave some time in your schedule for exploring. Then, using the Pocket Guide, Official Fair Directory you will receive at registration, the IWF website or myIWF kiosks on site, locate the exhibitors on your list to establish an efficient route of all your "must see" booths. For the best results: plan your visit, then follow your plan.
The IWF Exhibitor search on the IWF website can help you locate a specific company exhibiting at IWF. You can search for IWF exhibitors by company name or product and service category, view floor plans, contact exhibitors and view product information by logging onto your personal myIWF (available soon).
IWF is divided into two areas: Machinery-related manufacturers (located in Building B, Halls B-2, B-3, and B-4) and supply/services/upholstery companies (located in Building A and in Building B, Halls B-1 and B-2). IWF also features an Upholstery Pavilion specifically for upholstery focused products.
Yes. IWF has the most comprehensive display of both American-made and international machinery and supplies for the industry. Exhibitors from 35 countries and attendees from 85 countries have participated in IWF.
Yes. The Georgia World Congress Center offers IWF participants a choice of fast-food concessions, buffet-style restaurants, and full-service restaurants throughout the facility.
Some major downtown hotels and most large downtown banks have currency exchange. There is not currency exchange on site at the Georgia World Congress Center.
There will be an International Buyers Lounge at IWF 2018. Interpreters will be available for short-term consultation and assistance, providing translation services in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.