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Guilherme Paulus: Becoming a Billionaire through the Tourism Industry


     Brazil’s tourism industry has seen tremendous growth during the past few years. Hotels and tour services abound, and millions of people from abroad are coming into the country to experience its culture and sceneries. One man became a billionaire thanks to the growing tourism industry of the country. Guilherme Paulus is a businessman from Brazil who made a fortune by establishing a tour operator company and a chain of hotels and resorts. He is the founder and the owner of the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. and the GJP Hotels and Resorts, which were founded in 1972 and 2005, respectively.

As a young man, Guilherme Paulus have always thought about being a successful entrepreneur. Before turning 20 years old, he worked with IBM as an intern, and he learned so much from his experience at the tech company. An opportunity to establish a business came when he was 24 years old, and he had to involve himself in a partnership with a Brazilian politician. Together, the two established the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., offering tour services to visitors. His Brazilian politician partner left the company four years after its establishment, and it was up to Guilherme Paulus how he would run it. He made important decisions which have affected how the company works today, but these decisions made the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. as the largest and the leading tour operator provider in Latin America.

Aside from establishing the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., he also founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts to provide a place to stay for tourists which are rising in numbers. He built his resorts and hotels near the airports, making it more accessible to the tourists. As of the present, the GJP Hotels and Resorts have 15 hotels and resorts all throughout the country. The success of his two businesses gained the attention of the Carlyle Group, an international firm specializing in private equities. They purchase 63.6% of the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., equivalent to $420 million. Now that he has a partner in managing the business, Guilherme Paulus had more time to make a new move on how his company would flourish. After it was reported that Brazil would be hosting two major sporting events in 2014 and 2016, Guilherme Paulus readied his properties for the expected influx of millions of tourists who would watch the games unfold.

For more, you may read “Revista elege Guilherme Paulus como empreendedor do ano.”

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