Guilherme Paulus is synonymous with the tourism industry and for all the good reasons. Paulus co-founded the now renowned tour operator CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens. He did this at a young age of 24. During his tenure in leadership, the company has risen to become a force to reckon with in the tour operator industry. In 2009, the company sold 60 percent of its stake to a private equity firm at an estimated cost of $420 million.
In 2005, Paulus founded the now popular and acclaimed GJP Hotels and Resorts. These hotels have a huge market share in Brazil and there is a bid to build more hotels near major airports. These hotels are a major boost to the Brazil economy due to a large number of tourists they attract. The hotels also employ over 5,000 people.
Guilherme Paulus Awards
As one of the most influential business persons in Brazil and beyond, Paulus has received both local and international recognition. In 2012, he received recognition from the French government as a key developer in the tourism sector. The government of Brazil has also acknowledged Paulus and the Viagem e Turismo magazine named him as the “personality of the year. Guilherme Paulus was also listed in Forbes as one of the billionaires, and due to his contribution in the tourism sector in Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus Contribution to the social welfare
Paulus is not just a prestigious entrepreneur, he holds society in high regards and has made significant contributions to the wellbeing of communities and businesses at large. Paulus together with his companies are involved in various projects such as the PIET project which focusses on providing education opportunities to needy and disadvantaged youth. Paulus is also one of the major sponsors of the National Project of Professional Initiation in Tourism. This organization provided hands-on experience to kids and young people interested in the tourism sector. Paulus has also partnered with various institutions in Brazil to donate funds for medical and psychological counseling to needy individuals.
In many of his interviews, Guilherme Paulus has said that it is not just about talent or hard work, but both of these qualities have to be combined for a great success recipe.