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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Nine-month sales up 17.8%
Full-year sales guidance raised to €422mn

NET SALES (€ millions) 2005 2004 Change
First half 220,1 181,7 +21,1%
Third quarter 85,3 77,5 +10,1%
Nine months 305,4 259,2 +17,8%

As of 30 September 2005, GL events had year-to-date sales of €305.4mn, up 17.8% (+6.6% at comparable structure and exchange rates). International business accounted for 33% of nine month sales or €100mn. Third-quarter sales, traditionally less buoyant, reflecting reduced activity in the summer period, rose 10.1% over the same period from the previous year.


€109.5mn or 35.8% of total sales
+85.4% (+30.2% at comparable structure and exchange rates) as of 30 September 2005

Venue and Event Management benefited from growing contributions from the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) and Hungexpo, the Budapest Exhibition Centre. Because the Padua Exhibition Centre and Perfexpo, an event engineering specialist, were consolidated on the 1st of September, their contribution to third-quarter sales was marginal.

In November, the Barcelona International Convention Centre will host the Euro-Mediterranean Summit. In the fourth quarter, GL events will benefit from synergies through its network organization as the China exhibition created by CHORUS in Vannes opens at the Grande Halle de Clermont-Ferrand to be followed by the Toulouse Exhibition Centre. Finally, Marketplace has further strengthened its position in its strategic segment of large accounts and will organize events for Canon, AREVA and PSA in the fourth quarter.

In 2006, the convention of the French federation of mutual societies (held in Toulouse in 2003), will inaugurate the new 3000-seat amphitheatre in Lyon, Salle 3000. In 2007, GL events will organize the Convention of French Solicitors, hosting it for the first time at a venue under its management, the Lyon Convention Centre.


€195.9mn or 64.2% of total sales
-2.1% (-3.2% at comparable structure and exchange rates at 30 September 2005)

In light of the absence of major sports events in 2005 (vs. revenue of €15mn from the Athens OG in 2004), Global Services performed well in the first nine months despite a marginal decline in sales. The real contribution of this business to sales remains substantial and includes services performed on behalf of sites in the Venue and Event Management portfolio.

Noteworthy 3rd quarter activity included assistance by GL events to customers for international events such as the Moscow World Fine Art Fair in September and a significant presence in recurrent post-summer events, notably Maison & Objet, Prêt-à-porter or Premiere Vision. GL espace et décor has moreover expanded its network, opening a new office in Rouen, with sales in 2006 expected to reach €1.2mn.

Before year-end, GL events will also set up the temporary installations for the World Summit on the Information Society to be held in Tunis in November (sales over €5mn) and participate in the Batimat International Building Exhibition and the Salon Nautique at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre...
In Budapest, benefiting from strong synergies with the group's knowhow, at year-end Expotech (a subsidiary of Hungexpo) will produce all the temporary installations for the House of the Future exhibition (sales of €3mn).
For 2006, the group was awarded a major installations contract for the Musée du Quai Branly.



Olivier Ginon, Chairman of GL events, concluded: "On the basis of the group's good performance for the first nine months and the level of orders for the last quarter, we further raised our annual sales guidance to €422mn. This increase of 19% on 2004 includes 8% from organic growth. This success confirms the pertinence of our strategy of developing integrated services and providing a global offering unique in the event industry. We are benefiting from the growth prospects of the sector, our strong market position and clear synergies existing between Venue and Event Management and the extensive offering of Global Services."


Upcoming events:
2005 annual sales, on February, 7th, 2006.


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