ChinaNet to Expand Efforts in Fujian Province in Conjunction With Government Redevelopment Action Plan

BEIJING, Nov. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET) ("ChinaNet" or the "Company"), a leading B2B (business to business) Internet technology company providing online-to-offline (O2O) sales channel expansion services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial management and networking services for entrepreneurs in the People's Republic of China, announced today its expanded efforts to attract new SME's in the Fujian province in conjunction with the Provincial Government's redevelopment plan promoting more service-based industries in the region.

The Fujian Provincial Government's "2014-2015 Action Plan" focuses on redevelopment and upgrading the Province's industrial economy with a modern service industry. By 2015 the government estimates the service economy's added value will reach 1 trillion RMB, accounting for more than 42 percent of GDP in the Fujian Province. Most of these new service industry brands are utilizing a franchise development model.

ChinaNet intends to capitalize on the region's redevelopment plans with a strategic increase in its local presence, including attendance at regional events. ChinaNet subsidiary will participate in the Chinese Franchise Exhibition, organized by Chinese Chain Store & Franchise Association, to be held in the Fuzhou Strait International Conference & Exhibition Center, November 6th- 8th. In addition, the Company will utilize its B2B/B2C online and offline marketing model, similar to Taobao and Alibaba, to broaden investment channels and provide opportunities to franchise brands who intend to enter the Fujian coast.

COO of ChinaNet George Chu commented, "We recognized a key opportunity for our services with the Fujian Provincial Government's plan to bring more franchise and service brands to the region. The government recognizes that franchising is bringing growth throughout China, having experienced 50% to 60% growth and according to data from the Ministry of Finance. We intend to be an important player in this transition, offering our comprehensive suite of fully integrated advertising, marketing and management solutions for small to mid-size franchise businesses."

About ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.

The Company, a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI ("ChinaNet"), is a leading digital B2B (business to business) Internet technology company focusing on providing O2O (online-to-offline) sales channel expansion service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial management and networking service for entrepreneurs in China. The Company, through certain contractual arrangements with operating companies in the PRC, provides Internet advertising and other services for Chinese SMEs via its portal websites,, and, TV commercials and program production via China-Net TV, and in-house LCD advertising on banking kiosks targeting Chinese banking patrons. Website:

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CONTACT: MZ North America Ted Haberfield, President Direct: +1-760-755-2716 Email: Web: www.mzgroup.usSource:ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.