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

Second-quarter sales gain momentum: +24.1%
Strong growth in first half: +21.1%

Full year sales guidance upgraded: over €410 million

NET SALES (€ millions) 2005 2004 Change
First quarter 100,5 85,4 +17,8 %
Second quarter 119,5 96,3 +24,1 %
First half 220,1 181,7 +21,1 %

GL events had sales of €220.1 million in the 2005 first half, up 21.1% on the first six months of 2004 (+10.3% at comparable structure and exchange rates). The Group pursued its expansion in international markets whose contribution to first-half sales increased to 30.2%.


Global Services
€137.5 million or 62.5% of total sales
+2.2% (+0.6% at comparable structure and exchange rates)

In the absence of major sporting events in 2005 (versus billings of €15 million in the 2004 first-half for the Athens Olympic Games), the Group's Global Services division posted an excellent performance, confirming the pertinence of its partnership model in meeting the needs of all types of events.
The Group also maintained its strong presence in the sector of large events: launch of the Airbus A380, international fine watchmaking exhibition (SIHH) in Geneva, Cannes Film Festival, the Izmir Universiades (Turkey), Sports Events in Turin, Villages 3 and 4 for the Preliminary Acts of the America's Cup (Valence, Spain).


Venue and Event Management
€82.6 million or 37.5% of total sales
+75% (+31.7% at comparable structure)

In line with targets, activity of the Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB) continued to gain momentum, confirming its position as a major European venue. The Budapest Exhibition Center (Hungexpo) and Chorus, the operating company of the Vannes Exposition Center, were added to the Group's portfolio of venues in the second quarter. The Padoua Exposition Center and the Perfexpo event engineering specialist will be consolidated starting the 1st of September of this year. In the upstream sector, the event communications specialist, Market Place registered very satisfactory gains, especially in its strategic segment of major accounts. Notable achievements in the first half included Les Voeux de Total, the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps, Bouygues France-Europe Convention.



Significant contracts were signed in the second quarter. In Tunisia, GL events was selected to provide temporary installations for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in December 2005. In France, it was chosen by the French Ministry of Equipment, Transportation and Housing to organize the World Road Congress in Paris in 2007. The value of this latter contract is €4.5 million. In addition, Renault recently charged GL events to produce its stands for the automobile trade shows of Amsterdam, Paris, and Hanover in 2005 and Brussels in 2006.

Olivier Ginon, GL events Chairman, stated: "GL events is reaping the benefits of its strategy of integrating venue and event management and pursuing operating synergies with its historical business of global services. The Group will also continue to strengthen positions in France and international markets through strategic acquisitions. Given the strong first-half sales and the excellent level of orders, full-year trends are positive. As a result, GL events has upgraded its annual guidance for sales, now expected to exceed €410 million."


Upcoming events:
Half-year earnings, 6 September 2005 (after the close of trading).

GL events, bringing people together

Managing Director Corporate Finances and Administration : Erick ROSTAGNAT
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