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 provides the installations for COP22 in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016.
The largest temporary installation ever produced.
© Architecte OUALALOU+CHOI
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
São Paulo International Motor Show
São Paulo Expo stages the largest and most important auto show in Latin America.
© @studioLopes
São Paulo International Motor Show
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
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2009 first-quarter sales: €188.5 million

Net sales (€ millions)20092008Change
First quarter 188.5 168.2 +12%

GL events had consolidated first-quarter sales of €188.5 million, up 12%. Like-for-like(1), first quarter sales grew 6.4% in a recessionary environment on a good performances by the two business lines. Venue management and events grew 10.3% like-for-like, increasing its contribution to total consolidated revenue to 62.7%.


Venue management and events: €118.1million (+21.4%, + 10.3% like-for-like)

Event organisation had revenue of €72.4 million, up 47.2% (21% like-for-like). The SIRHA (International Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Exhibition) was a major success, establishing its position as the leading food industry trade fair in terms of numbers of visitors. In addition, the Group has also continued to make advances as an organiser of prestigious corporate events.

Event venue management had sales of €45.7 million, declining 5% (3.3% like-for-like). Sites managed and marketed by the Group were successful in maintaining their positions as highly attractive venues though nevertheless experienced a few cancellations for midsized corporate events .

The Group reaped the first concrete benefits of its presence in Istanbul where it was awarded the management of a venue for corporate and cultural events. Located on the European shores of the Bosporus, the addition of this 31st venue managed by the Group fits perfectly with its strategy of developing an international portfolio of "premium destinations".

In the second quarter, Venue Management and Events will:
- host conventions including the cardiology convention in Barcelona, the Salon des Entrepreneurs in Lyon, the EFFTEX trade fair for sports and recreational fishing in Budapest;
- organise the Tradexpo volume goods trade show in Le Bourget, Expo Logistica in Sao Paulo and the Environord environmental management trade fair in Lille;
- host and organise Noivas&Festas marriage trade fair in Rio de Janeiro, the Turin Book Fair or the Padua Fair.


Services : €70.4 million (-0.8% like-for like)

Event Services performed well in the first quarter with revenue of €70.4 million, declining marginally though stable like-for-like, despite the challenging economic environment.

In the second half, GL events will contribute to the Formula 1 FIA Grand Prix of Barcelona and Monaco, Cannes Films Festival, the Le Bourget International Paris Air Show, Djazagro agrofood industry trade fair of Algiers or the Nuits Sonores and Nuits de Fourvière festivals in Lyon.

The Group has also been appointed as a service provider for the Confederations Cup to be held in June 2009 in South Africa as a rehearsal in advance of the World Cup 2010. Revenues from this event will represent approximately €10 million through a joint-venture with a local partner.



The performances and achievements of the first-quarter in a challenging market environment confirm the pertinence of the Group's strategy of integration, international expansion and the duplication of proprietary events.

In a difficult worldwide economic context accompanied by limited visibility, these achievements will offset potential declines in activity at certain sites or from Services that may be occur between now and 2009 year-end.


Upcoming events:
General Meeting, 24 April 2009 9:30 a.m. - Cité Internationale de Lyon
First-half sales, 21 July 2009 (after the close of trading)

(1) Organic growth (comparable structure and exchange rates)



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Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
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