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International Franchise & Business Opportunities (IFBO) Vietnam 2014 launches for the very first time in Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore, 4 September 2014 – International Franchise & Business Opportunities (IFBO) Vietnam, the much awaited franchise and business opportunities trade exhibition in Vietnam, is taking place from 4 – 6 September at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Centre. 

Organised by BizLink Exhibition Services, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), IFBO Vietnam is conceptualised to place emphasis on bringing in quality brands and concepts for entrepreneurs, investors and franchising experts across various industries to explore business opportunities. The event is supported by local organiser, VCCI One Member Trade & Service Co., Ltd.

With 83 international brands and concepts from twelve countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Latvia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam), many of which are entering the local Vietnamese market for the first time, this
 inaugural event is expected to draw entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover new business opportunities.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Director of BizLink Exhibition Services, said: “The launch of IFBO Vietnam 2014 aims to create opportunities for international brands to enter the Vietnam market. We are excited that a total of 83 brands will be showcased at this inaugural edition to forge new partnerships and seal business deals.”

Mr Nguyen Van Dung, Assistant General Director in charge of the Southern Region of VCCI One Member Trade & Service Co., Ltd,
 said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome IFBO to Vietnam. This platform provides excellent opportunities for Vietnamese to realise their entrepreneurial dreams by acquiring franchise concepts and brands.”

The idea of franchising is still relatively new in Vietnam. However, through IFBO Vietnam, visitors can learn from successful businesses, and pick up useful tips via the variety of educational talks on franchising and its legal aspects. A total of eleven sessions will be presented by industry experts. 

Topics include:

  • Franchising 101 for Potential Franchisors 
  • Franchising In Vietnam – Opportunities and Challenges 
  • Franchising Keys to Success 
  • Hints, Tips and Key Trends in terms of Franchising Laws and Practice in Vietnam 
  • How to Select the Right Franchise 
  • Legal Requirements for Franchising a Retail Outlet in Vietnam 
  • Overcoming Business Risks In Vietnam 
  • The Ingredients of Subway’s Phenomenal Development 
  • Thinking of Becoming a Franchisee? 
  • What to Look for in a Successful Franchise 
  • Winning the Game of Life through Franchising 

In Singapore, BizLink Exhibition Services organises Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia), bringing together some 250 international brands and 10,000 potential investors annually.

Online registration at has closed. However, visitors may register on-site on show days. Admission is free and restricted to business/ trade visitors, and individuals seeking business and investment opportunities. Minors below the age of 16 will not be permitted entry.

For more information, please contact: 

Melissa Teo (Ms)
Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd 
HP: (84) 128 573 6346

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1226 


About BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd 

BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd is Singapore’s leading professional trade exhibition organiser in the fields of gifts and premiums, office solutions, franchising and licensing.

By enhancing our exhibition and event management expertise with alliances and other capabilities, we help move clients forward to achieve their business aims. With a dynamic team having over 30 years of collective relevant experience, deep industry and business expertise, broad media resources and a proven track record, BizLink Exhibition Services is fully committed to providing utmost quality services, delivering exceptional results.

In Singapore, BizLink Exhibition Services organises Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia), bringing together some 250 international brands and 10,000 potential investors annually. With our experience, knowledge and proven track record, we are confident that we are able to connect international brands with the dynamic Vietnam industry.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.


In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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