Guilherme Paulus is a serial entrepreneur that has conquered the tourism industry in Brazil. The Brazilian started a tour company called the CVC Brasil Operadora after ending his internship at IBM. This was after meeting his co-founder Carlos Vincente. Mr. Vincente intrigued Guilherme Paulus with the idea of starting a travel Agency in Brazil.
Guilherme did not have the money to start a business. However, Carlos Vincente provided the funds, and they opened a small store in Sao Paulo. 4 years on, Carlos dropped out and Guilherme took on the business alone. Guilherme dominated the Brazilian tourism market. He made CVC to become the biggest tourism company not only in Brazil but the whole of Latin America.
Guilherme took the company public in 2009 selling off 63% and 27% to the Carlyle Group to help broaden his goal in the tourism industry. The company has grown to garner $52 billion in sales every year. Guilherme Paulus furthered his investment opportunities by opening a new chain of hotels called the GJP Hotels and Resorts. He invested over $600 million in the business. He constructed 24 hotels and resorts in every major city in Brazil. By doing so, Guilherme Paulus created jobs for over 5000 Brazilians in his hotels.
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He did not hesitate when an investment opportunity arose. In 2016, Guilherme purchased the airline Webjet. Then, the company only had one charter airplane. Guilherme Paulus worked on the company and by the time he was selling it, he had gained 20 more airplanes for the airline. Operating in 20 cities around the country, the airline became the third largest in Brazil.
The investments Guilherme Paulus has made in Brazil made him receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017. Not only that, he receives the Executive of Valor award by Valor Economico and named Personality of the year by Viagem e Turismo. His love for his country has put him on the front lines in promoting tourism. When his country came up with a new Visa program with France, he championed for French tourists to visit his country. The French gave him a special award for his efforts.