It is not easy to earn a nickname like the ‘Most Powerful Man in Brazilian Tourism’ but Guilherme Paulus has not only achieved that nickname but strives to go even further.
Guilherme Paulus started his career as an intern at IBM at the age of 18. But his true destiny would only find him when he was 24 when he along with a partner founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., a tour operator company.
Guilherme’s partner, a Brazilian politician would step back from the partnership leaving Guilherme in complete control of the destiny of CVC. Without losing a step, Guilherme would take CVC and make it the largest tour operator in the entire Latin American region.
Its success would get foreign equity group – Carlyle Group interested in investing with CVC and in 2009, Guilherme would sell 63.9% of CVC to Carlyle Group for $420 Million.
In 2005, Guilherme would start the GJP Hotels and Resorts with a vision of being the premier hotelier in Brazil. His empire would grow to have 15 hotels and resorts as well as over 3,000 apartments available all over the world.
Guilherme’s vision helped GJP Group work with the government to provide hospitality options near airports throughout the country, just in time for the 2014 FIFA world cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio. Guilherme Paulus understands that the new Brazil is ready to make its entrance to the world stage as a superpower as part of the BRIC nations. He understands that the needs of the changing population have also changed, with villas and condominiums no longer something only the elite look for. This revelation made him start the construction wing of the GJP Group, not only providing employment but also providing real estate solutions for a changing populace.
Guilherme Paulus’s business acumen wouldn’t go unrecognized as he would with the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Tourism sector by Isto E Dinheiro magazine and would be invited by the President of Brazil to be part of the Tourism board.
Guilherme’s outlook and vision of his country becoming a powerhouse in the world is slowly but surely taking shape with the ‘Most Powerful Man in Brazilian Tourism’ making sure that his nation’s tourism sector is well equipped for the changing times.