Guilherme Paulus is the founder of the CVC Viagens SA and the GJP Hotels and Resorts, which he established in 1972 and 2005, respectively. His net worth recently breached the $1 billion mark, and Forbes magazine recognized him as one of the newest billionaires on the planet.
His career in the tourism industry began when he was only a teenager. He wanted to become an entrepreneur, and because he is clueless about the things that an entrepreneur does, he decided to join the IBM family to become an intern. He learned a lot about the business, and four years later, he decided to establish his own company and applied what he learned at IBM. He lacked the funding to develop his company, so he looked out for help. A Brazilian politician expressed his will to become a business partner, and when all of the required documents have been completed, the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. commenced its operations.
The company specializes in tour operator services, and the business had a great start. However, four years later, Guilherme Paulus was left to manage the company alone, as his business partner decided to leave the partnership. Guilherme Paulus exerted efforts to transform the company into one of the leading tour operator services in the Latin American region. To complement his tour operator services firm, he decided to establish a chain of hotels and resorts in 2005. He thought about building them near the airport so that the tourists coming from their flights could breeze into the hotel without the need to travel to the downtown area to look for a place to stay.
Guilherme Paulus also benefited from the recent international sporting events that were hosted by Brazil. The 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics resulted to a vast number of tourist influx, and it benefited the country’s tourism industry. In 2017, six million tourists visited the country, and it is expected to increase in the years to come because of the government’s efforts in promoting the Brazilian tourism industry.
Check more about Guilherme Paulus: http://forbes.uol.com.br/negocios/2015/12/como-o-bilionario-guilherme-paulus-pretende-se-tornar-o-maior-hoteleiro-do-brasil/