Welcome to our international Franchise page. It provides the most recent market research, trade leads and event information. Our worldwide team of Franchise Specialists is prepared to assist in increasing your presence overseas. Franchise Trade Specialists (see right) are available to discuss your international business needs.

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Franchising Facts

The Franchising industry and businesses employs 21 million people and generates $2.3 trillion of economic activity. A new franchise business opens every 8 minutes of every business day.

Like the United States, franchise businesses around the world have seen steady growth in the past decade, particularly in Brazil, China and Mexico. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), their members are eyeing overseas expansion as an important way to diversify their portfolios. For instance, a survey of IFA members last Summer, revealed that 61 percent of respondents currently franchise or operate in international locations, and 16 percent generate between 25 percent and 30 percent of revenue from international activities. Almost three fourths of respondents said they plan to start or accelerate international ventures.  

Want more on Franchising?

  • Utilize the Commercial Service to help you find franchisees abroad or to learn the basics on exporting. Contact a Franchise Trade Specialist (see right).
  • Take a look at IFA’s website ( for expert advice and tips. 

Key Global Franchise Activities

Please take a look at our calendar of events listed here.

Trade Events:

  • New Orleans IFA Convention (February 22-25)
  • London British and International Franchise Expo (March 14-15)
  • Iraq Trade Mission Baghdad and Erbil (March 16-20)
  • Paris Franchise Trade Show (March 23-26)
  • New York International Franchise Expo (June 19-21)

For additional information on these events, contact your local Franchise Trade Specialist listed above.

Detailed Event Information For Discover Franchise Opportunites in UAE Catalog Show Detailed Event Information For Discover Franchise Opportunites in UAE Catalog Show
Discover Franchise Opportunites in UAE Catalog Show -- Franchising
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Location/Date: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11/18/2014 - 11/19/2014
Event Summary:
The Commercial Section of the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI), is organizing “The 2nd International Franchise Conference” in the UAE to be held on November 18 & 19, 2014 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. The objective of the conference is to establish franchise awareness among Emirati firms; offer a broad range of U.S. franchising opportunities; assist in the development of new UAE commercial opportunities; and introduce the latest technology and worldwide franchising standards. Among the conference speakers will be Dr. John Hayes, the author of the Franchise Pre-Investment Checklist and Franchising, Mr. Michael Isakson, Chairman of the International Franchise Association's International Committee, Mr. Josh Merin, Director of International Affairs of the International Franchise Association (IFA), British Franchise Association (BFA), Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA), Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) and other renowned franchise speakers from the Gulf countries and the broader Middle East region. In conjunction with the conference, we plan to hold “The 2nd Franchise Catalogue Show” to the UAE targeting but not exclusive to, the following franchises: • Automotive Products & Services • Educational & Training Products & Services • Food: Casual Dining, Fast Food & Restaurants • Healthcare & Childcare Services • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services

Jennifer Loffredo, Pontiac
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-452-2254/586-469-6447
Manal El Masry, Abu Dhabi
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +9712 414 2217