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
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 Sonores
The 2016 Nuits Sonores are equipped by GL events Audiovisual.
© Laure Rousville
Nuits Sonores
Sao Paulo Expo inauguration
The inauguration of the expanded and renovated Sao Paulo Expo on 26 April was attended by more than 500 economic decision-makers.
© Rodrigo Lopes/
Sao Paulo Expo inauguration
COP 21
The aim of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) was to negotiate a new universal agreement on climate change, in order to maintain global warming below 2°C. GL events supplied and assembled structures for this key event, and also provided audiovisual services, fixtures and fittings for the event spaces.
© Philippe Cler
COP 21
African Games
The Live! by GL events agency was in charge of organising the spectacular closing ceremony for the African Games.
© Myli Bourigault et Pierre Le Tulzo / Live! by GL events
African Games
Video City Paris
Organised by the producers of the Golden Moustache (M6 TV channel), the Studio Bagel (Canal+ TV channel) and Mixicom, in collaboration with Live! by GL events, Vidéo City brought together around a hundred of the most popular YouTube video creators. A genuine success!
© Philippe Cler
Video City Paris
Maison de la Mutualité
The Maison de la Mutualité was the former headquarters of the French mutual insurance federation . The venue has been managed by GL events since 2010. The Group has renovated the building to return it to its former glory. Today, the venue hosts all types of events, from business meetings and exhibitions to fashion parades.
Maison de la Mutualité
This is an event that horse-riding fans look forward to every year. Organised by GL events, Equita is the largest equestrian show in France. Each year, around 3,500 horses take part in the event which attracts over 150,000 visitors.
© PSV – Jean Morel
IMF and the World Bank
The Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank met in Lima (Peru) this year to establish the main priorities and focuses for the two institutions. The production of this large-scale event was entrusted to a consortium made up of GL events and the event agency Stimulus.
© Joao Socola
IMF and the World Bank
Spacious, elegant and with impeccable finishing, Absolute Triple Deck is an exceptional structure that combines robustness and aesthetics. Providing more than 25% additional interior surface area, this new events structure takes standards in excellence to a whole new level.
© Detail Ltd
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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