Global Sources' eighth annual Franchising China Conference & Exhibition opened today at the China World Trade Center in Beijing and will run through tomorrow. The event will be held in Guangzhou on November 3 and 4 and in Shanghai on November 7 and 8.
More than 100 franchisors are exhibiting in this year's event including Dicos, Office 1, Ruby Tuesday, Stonegrill, Subway and TNT. Franchise opportunities, including food and beverage, furniture, education, automotive and business services will be on display.
International Franchising Association (IFA) chairman Richard Rennick gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony. Rennick said: "Expanding franchising throughout China is a strategy that will provide long-lasting economic benefits.
Franchising China is hosted by the joint venture between Global Sources and CMP Media. Joint venture president Mark Saunderson said: "With 305 booths, this year's Franchising China is the biggest ever — up by more than 10 percent from 2004. The event continues to attract many new exhibitors planning to expand into China.