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 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
Brazil Game Show
The biggest game show in Latin America chose Sao Paulo Expo to host this year’s event, attended by 300,000 fans!
© @studioLopes
Brazil Game Show
Turin International Book Fair
With 127,596 tickets sold in 2016, the Turin Book Fair, organised by GL events – Lingotto Fiere, is a genuine success story.
© Fondazione per il Libro, la Musica e la Cultura
Turin International Book Fair
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
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
Telephone :  + 33 4 72 31 54 20
Fax : + 33 4 26 20 42 00
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