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:

  • IFA Convention in Las Vegas, NV (February 15-18)
  • British and International Franchise Expo - London (March 14-15)
  • Franchise Trade Show - Paris (March 23-26)
  • Expo Franquicia Trade Show – Madrid (April 23-25)
  • International Franchise Expo – New York, NY (June 18-20)
  • China and Taiwan Trade Mission (August)
  • Central America Trade Mission (September)
  • Nordic Region Trade Mission (October)

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

Detailed Event Information For Abu Dhabi Franchise Catalog Show Nov. 6-7 Detailed Event Information For Abu Dhabi Franchise Catalog Show Nov. 6-7
Abu Dhabi Franchise Catalog Show Nov. 6-7 -- Franchising
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Location/Date: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11/06/2013 - 11/07/2013
Event Summary:
The Commercial Section of the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, is organizing for the first time ever “The International Franchise Conference” in the UAE to be held on November 6 & 7, 2013 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; and assist in the development of the UAE economy; and introduce the latest technology and worldwide franchising standards. In conjunction with the conference, we plan to hold: “The 1st Franchise Catalogue Show” to the UAE targeting, but not exclusive to, the following franchises: • Automotive Products & Services • Education & Training Products & Services • Food: Casual Dining, Fast Food & Restaurants • Healthcare & Childcare Services

Jennifer Loffredo, Pontiac
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-452-2254/586-469-6447
Kristin Houston, Irvine
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 949-660-7103
Mona Musa, Louisville
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: (502)582-5066, Mobile:(502) 693-8770
Manal El Masry, Abu Dhabi
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +9712 414 2217