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 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
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