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
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2007 net sales: €633.5 million (+27.8%)
Organic growth: 16.2% , Sales from international operations: +58.3%

Net sales (€ millions) 20072006Change
First quarter 177,4 126,4 + 40,4%
Second quarter 156,5 125,5 + 24,7%
Third quarter 115,1 89,5 + 28,6%
Fourth quarter 184,5 154,3 + 19,5%
Consolidated annual sales 633,5 495,7 + 27,8%

In the 2007 fourth quarter, GL events had consolidated net sales of €184.5 million, up 19.5% over the equivalent prior-year period.

Following this solid fourth quarter performance, GL events had full-year sales of €633.5 million, up 27.8% from 2006 (16.2% at comparable structure and exchange rates). After growing 58.3%, international operations now account for 41% of total Group revenue.


€314.9 million or 49.7% of 2007 sales, up 58%
(+22.3% at comparable structure and exchange rates)

In the fourth quarter, this division had sales of €96.5 million, a 60.7% increase.

For the full year, Venue Management posted sales of €164.7 million (+55.5%), significantly accelerating its expansion in France with the addition of:
- The Nice Exhibition Park and convention centre (10-year concession);
- The Scarabée hall of Roanne (a multipurpose venue with a capacity of 5,500 places);
- The Metz Exhibition Park (30-year concession);
- And the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris (hosting events for up to 1,300 people).
In international markets the Group was awarded a number of concessions for:
- The management of the Brussels Convention Centre, (27-years);
- The Rio de Janeiro Arena (a multipurpose facility with a capacity for 15,000);
- The Curitiba Convention Centre in Brazil (capacity for 5,000);
- And acquired the Turin Exhibition Park, Lingotto Fiere, (total exhibition space of 74.000m²).

Today the Group owns or manages 25 convention centres, exhibition parks or multipurpose facilities with total exhibition space of more than one million m² worldwide. This portfolio provides high visibility for growth and recurring sales.

In 2007, Event Organization contributed sales of €150.2 million (+60.8%) and was strengthened:
- In France by the acquisition of Agor, an organizer of B-to-B trade fairs such as Tradexpo (a distribution sector trade show with 3 editions per year), Print'Or and Orhopa (watch and jewellery trade fairs), the CFIA (food industry supplier trade show held in Rennes) and Food & Goods (grouping five specialized food exhibitions);
- In Italy, a strategic market in Europe, the acquisition of Promotor International (organizer of 10 trade fairs including notably the MotorShow in Bologna),
- In Brazil, a market with high growth, the acquisition of Fagga Eventos. Following these additions, GL events today has a portfolio of more than 200 proprietary events and trade fairs for the general public.


€318.6 million or 50.3% of total 2007 sales, up 7.5%
(+10.7% at comparable structure and exchange rates)

Positioned as a partner for all types of events, the Services division contributed to a large number of local, national (by developing synergies with the Venue Management and event organization activities) and worldwide events (Rugby World Cup, World Cricket Cup, Pan American Games). GL events' unique market position combines the benefits of recurrent business from local events with the high visibility offered by very large contracts.



In line with its business model and growth priorities, GL events must continue to take advantage of opportunities offered by calls for tender and/or privatization bids to develop its network of venues.

With a solid and healthy financial position, the Group expects concrete advances in the months ahead in development projects in the Organization sector.

The coming year should also provide the Group with an opportunity to accelerate its strategy of duplicating proprietary events in its network of venues under management both in France and in international markets.


Upcoming events:

Publication of audited 2007 consolidated financial statements, Tuesday 11 March 2008 (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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Erick Rostagnat - Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration:
Tel : +33(0)4 72 31 54 20


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