GL events
Welcome to the world of events.
As an integrated Group operating in all event professions, GL events works in three major segments:
event organisation, event venue management and services for fairs, congresses and events.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Altitude 150
GL events
GL events enters into a joint venture
with Yuexiu Group
to jointly develop a network of event sites in China. The first phase will consist in managing a 50,000 m2 convention centre in Gangzhou (Canton), targeted for opening in 2019.
© 效果图│ Renderings
GL events enters into a joint venture<BR>with Yuexiu Group
Euro 2016
Fan Zone in Lyon
A total surface area of 62,000m2 and 25,000 people a day; the Fan Zone in Lyon managed by GL events was the official home of football and fun during the event.
© Nicolas Rodet
Euro 2016<BR>Fan Zone in Lyon
Brazil Game Show
The biggest game show in Latin America chose Sao Paulo Expo to host this year’s event, attended by 300,000 fans!
© @studioLopes
Brazil Game Show
Turin International Book Fair
With 127,596 tickets sold in 2016, the Turin Book Fair, organised by GL events – Lingotto Fiere, is a genuine success story.
© Fondazione per il Libro, la Musica e la Cultura
Turin International Book Fair
Sport dans la Ville
GL events provided services to “Sport dans la Ville”, an association promoting social inclusion through sport, for the inauguration of its new premises.
© Gilles Fillot
Sport dans la Ville
Cannes Film Festival
For more than twenty years, GL events has been on the select guest list of the greatest film festival in the world, providing top-quality services for the event.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Nuits de Fourvière
GL events has been a partner to this festival in Lyon for many years: sound systems, lighting, structures for the “Village des Nuits”.
© Francis Mainard
Nuits de Fourvière
Designed as an upmarket showroom in the heart of Paris, the show is the ideal place to get a preview of the pre-collections of fabrics and accessories, in a select private environment.
© Stéphane Kossmann
Nuits Sonores
GL events is the audiovisual services provider to this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
Nuits Sonores
Spacious, elegant and with impeccable finishing, Absolute Triple Deck is an exceptional structure that combines robustness and aesthetics. Providing more than 25% additional interior surface area, this new events structure takes standards in excellence to a whole new level.
© Detail Ltd
Back to Press releases 2007

2007 first-half sales: +32.6%
Organic growth: +28.5%

Net sales (€ millions)20072006Change
First quarter 177,4 126,4 +40,4%
Second quarter 156,5 125,5 +24,7%
First half 333,9 251,9 +32,6%

In the 2007 first half GL events sales rose 32.6% over the equivalent prior year period to €333.9 million. At comparable structure and exchange rates sales grew 28.5%.

The second quarter was marked by significant advances including:
- Robust sales growth: +24.7% (+21.6% at constant structure and exchange rates);
- Strategic developments: GL events' acquisition in Italy of Promotor International, the owner and organizer of successful trade fairs and Lingotto Fiere, the Turin Exhibition Park. In Brazil, GL events was awarded the contract to manage the Curitiba Convention Centre. In France, the Group recently announced the acquisition of Emap Agor, a French subsidiary of the UK group Emap, an owner and organizer of B-to-B trade fairs.


€171.9 million, up 53.5% or 42.2% at constant structure and exchange rates
51,5% of total sales (44.5% in the 2006 first half)

Venue and event management benefited from:
- Excellent commercial performances by French and international event venues, now providing a more competitive offering in the worldwide event industry;
- Concessions acquired for the Metz Exhibition Centre and the Nice Convention Centre and the consolidation of the Lyon-Eurexpo Exhibition Centre,
- Positive growth trends by the organization business. Events organized by the Group have included notably the Bahia Book Biennial in Brazil, the Fiera Campionaria International Trade Far of Padua, the BioMérieux Convention in Lyon and the 50th anniversary of Canon Europe and 2007 EuroPCR in Barcelona.

The recently added venues of the Turin Exhibition Park, the Brussels Palais des Congrès, the multifunctional hall of Roanne and the Curitiba Convention Centre will increase the total exhibition space operated by the Group by more than 13% or 110,000 m².


€162.0 million, up 15.8% (16.5% at constant structure and exchange rates)
48.5% of total sales (55.5% in the 2006 first half)

Benefiting from a reputation of expertise, a strong brand name and a portfolio of premium assets, the Services division leverages commercial synergies with venues under management and organization specialist to pursue strong growth.

GL events teams participated notably in the first half in the success of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in the British West Indies by providing complex logistical services and installations in nine islands. GL events also contributed as a partner to the Cannes International Film Festival, providing all temporary event installations including notably a temporary screening theatre for the festival's 60th anniversary.


2007 outlook

In the second half, GL events' agenda is dominated by sports including the Pan American Games recently inaugurated in Rio Janeiro, with part of the events currently held at the Riocentro Exhibition Centre managed by GL events. After completing its program for renovation and installations, the venue now hosts more than 5,000 athletes coming from 42 countries of the American continent.

GL events will also be present at the next Rugby World Cup and Tests Events in Hong-Kong for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In light of these positive commercial performances, the successful integration of new organization companies and venues and the continuing improvement of its product mix, GL events remains confident in its prospects for further gains in margins with a target for annual sales growth of 25% for 2007.


Upcoming events:
2007 first-half earnings: 11 September 2007 (after the close of trading)

GL events, bringing people together

Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
Telephone :  + 33 4 72 31 54 20
Fax : + 33 4 26 20 42 00
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