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
Back to Press releases 2005

GL events wins the privatization bid for Hungexpo owner of the Budapest Exhibition Center

Venue and Event Management pursues its expansion in Europe

Following the recent additions of the Padua and Vannes exhibition centers in February 2005, GL events launches a new phase in the European expansion of its venue and event management activity with the acquisition of Hungexpo, owner of the Budapest Exhibition Center in Hungary.


Terms of the acquisition

Under the terms of the agreement with Hungary's privatization and state holding company (APV Rt), the consortium led by GL events will acquire 77% of Hungexpo. With its Hungarian partner, TriGranit, a real estate developer, GL events will have an 80% stake in the Hungexpo holding company created for this purpose. The city of Budapest, a minority shareholder of Hungexpo, retains the option to sell the remaining 23% stake.

Hungexpo owns the real estate assets of the exhibition center, the venue management and has its own portfolio of trade shows, exhibitions and events.


Hungexpo profile: comprehensive venue and event management solutions

Hungexpo has more than 35 years of experience in organizing and promoting major events in Hungary supported by expertise in event hospitality and the ability to the design and organize comprehensive turnkey events: Budapest Motor Exhibition, Budapest Fashion Days, Foodapest, Construma etc.

With a broad range of know-how, it averages sales of €22 million and its operating margin will be in line with that of GL events' venue and event management division starting in 2006. The business plan provides for an investment program of €20 million to be carried out over next five years


The Budapest Exhibition Center: a strategic venue for Central Europe

On 38 hectares in central Budapest, its 75,000 square meters of exhibition space (including 40,000 square meters of covered space) enabled the Budapest Exhibition Center in 2003 to host 25 major trade shows and exhibitions on behalf of more than 6000 exhibitors and 550,000 visitors.

Located in the heart of Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful capitals and a major destination for business tourism, the exhibition center will enable GL events to develop its offering in a country with strong growth prospects at the crossroads of the new Europe of 25 nations.

The group pursues its international expansion
With this 14th site, the fourth in Europe after Barcelona, London and Padua, the group further strengthens its portfolio of European venues while establishing a strategic position in Central Europe in early 2005, officially designated in France as the 'Year of the Hungarian Economy'.


Upcoming events :
Publication of 2004 earnings: 15 March 2005 (after the close of trading)

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Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
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