Guilherme Paulus a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil was born in 1949. As a young man, he went on to study Business Administration and interned at IBM before co-founding CVC Tour Company at the young age of 24. He had met with Carlos Vincente Cerchiari on a cruise who had the idea of setting up a travel agency. In this partnership, Guilherme brought the business expertise, and Carlos met the monetary needs. After four years, they separated, and Guilherme proceeded alone, later selling his share for around $750 million but still retaining 8% ownership. Today CVC obtains yearly earnings at $5.2 billion. Mr. Guilherme Paulus was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year in Brazil, based on his efforts to build the tourism sector by using money from his pocket to establish new hotels. Visit the website abramark.com to learn more about Guilherme Paulus.
Furthermore, Guilherme’s company is involved in Corporate Social Responsibility activities which are aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged Brazilians. One of these is the PIET project which helps train young people who want to enter the hospitality industry.
Guilherme Paulus has been recognized internationally by the US and France, among others, and deservedly so, having employed more than 5000 people in his hotel chain, GJP Hotels, and Resorts. Another of his remarkably successful ventures was his acquisition of Webjet in 2006. In five years, he turned the company into the 3rd largest airline in Brazil and thereafter sold it. When asked of what helped his company to success, he says that he had a vision of entering different markets and instead of focusing on international tourists alone, the company invested heavily in promoting domestic travel among the locals.
Guilherme says that he still hopes to popularize golf among Brazilians as well as promoting their patronage to luxury hotels, with his Wish Foz do Iguaçu hotel recently being voted the best golf hotel. In adherence to his diversification vision, GJP hotels, of which Guilherme is the chairman, has three classifications of hotels, Linx which is pocket-friendly, Prodigy which is semi-luxurious and Wish which is the most indulgent.
With such great drive and passion for growing the tourism industry, Guilherme Paulus is set to continuously outdo himself as he adds even more successes to his already illustrious portfolio. Read Guilherme’s profile at Forbes.