GL events
Welcome to the world of events!
As a leading global player in the events sector, GL events operates in the three main events markets: congresses and conventions, sporting, cultural and political events, and trade shows and consumer fairs.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Nicolas Rodet
GL events
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018
GL events, official supplier of temporary grandstand seating for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. A total of 60,000 temporary seats were installed in thirteen venues.
Commonwealth Games   Gold Coast 2018
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
The project to renovate and modernise the Matmut Stadium in Gerland, launched by Olivier Ginon, the Chairman of GL events, highlights the Group's expertise in terms of engineering, architecture and asset management. The stadium is now home to the LOU Rugby team.
© Nicolas Rodet
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Brazil’s largest event devoted to pop culture and video games is organised and hosted by GL events at the Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro.
© Light Press 2017
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Cannes Film Festival
For more than 20 years, GL events has been providing top-of-the-range, tailor-made services for one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Equita Lyon
The Lyon Equestrian Show, organised and hosted by GL events at Eurexpo, is the largest indoor equestrian event in France.
© Gilles Galoyer
Equita Lyon
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
GL events provides the audiovisual services for this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
Sirha Green
The first trade fair devoted to ecological food-services. Organised and hosted by GL events, the event brings together the sector’s professionals to address the issues of social and environmental responsibility.
© Diph Photography
Sirha Green
Première Vision Paris
Organised and hosted by GL events, the reference event for the fashion world was held at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. It owes its success to its avant-garde selection, bringing together many new products, services and innovations.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Première Vision Paris
Light Festival Lyon
GL events Audiovisual, an official partner and service provider to the Lyon Light Festival, draws on its expertise and talent for several artistic projects in various venues during this international event.
© Thierry Perre / Partners’ Club of the ‘Fête des Lumières’ / Lyon Light Festival 2017
Light Festival Lyon
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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)

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Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
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