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 Franchise Trade Mission - Middle East Detailed Event Information For Franchise Trade Mission - Middle East
Franchise Trade Mission - Middle East -- Franchising
Location/Date: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 05/12/2013 - 05/22/2013
Event Summary:
Franchise Trade Mission sponsored by the International Franchise Asociation and Franchise Times will visit Egypt, Qatar, Jordan and UAE in May, 2013. The mission is designed to promote exports of U.S. goods and services using franchising as the primary vehicle. Franchise Times and the IFA are responsible for recruitment.

Dennis Simmons, Beijing
Commercial Officer
Phone: +86.10.8531.3445
Jennifer Loffredo, Pontiac
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-452-2254/586-469-6447
Robert Bannerman, Dubai
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: +971-4-309-4963
Robert Dunn, Belgrade
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: +381-11-706-4072
Sanford N. Owens, Vienna
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 43 1 313 39 2296
Muna Farkouh, Amman
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: 962-6-590-6057
Ann Bacher, Cairo
Regional Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 20-2-2797-2298
Nancy Weingartner, Franchise Times

Phone: 612-767-3207
Scott Lehr, International Franchise Association

Phone: 202-662-0785
Josh Merin, International Franchise Association

Phone: 202-662-0762
KL Fredericks, Harlem
USEAC Director
Phone: 212-860-6200
Cherine Maher, Cairo
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +20(2) 2797-2688
Nancy Luther, Cairo
Commercial Officer
Phone: +20 (2) 2792-2426
Anissa Lahreche, Doha
Commerce Specialist
Phone: +974-4496-6040
Manal El Masry, Abu Dhabi
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +9712 414 2217