Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 in São Paulo. He graduated in business administration and has nearly five decades of experience in the sector of tourism. He joined the list of Forbes billionaires as a result of the booming tourism sector in Brazil.
In 1972, he co-founded Operadora e Agencia de Viagens CVC Tur Ltd, a tour operator. He was 24 years old and his partner was a politician from Brazil, who left the venture after four years. He is also a Tourism National Board, which was named by Republic’s President.
Under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, CVC become the largest tour operator in Latin America. In late 2009, Carlyle Group, a global private equity company, bought 63.6 percent stake in CVC at approximately 420 million dollars. The sale of the stake happened after Paulus made a decision to have the help of a global investment fund that will take CVC to a higher level in the tourism industry. The company’s capital was opened on the stock exchange in 2013. Currently, it has 5.2 billion dollars annually in revenue. It’s increasing by about 2 digits every year, and it has plans of opening 100 stores every year.
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The tour operator is found in 140 commercial galleries and hypermarkets and over 400 malls in Brazil. The company also works with the concept called Omnichannel: it integrates virtual stores, physical stores, and buyers. This is not common in the industry. CVC is one of the largest tour operators that take Brazilians to the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Guilherme Paulus is the founder of GJP Hotels & Resorts. In Brazil, it controls more than 15 hotels and resorts, and it’s bidding to build as well as maintain hotels close to airports in Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus will open another hotel at Avenida Cidade Jardim, an avenue in São Paulo. Paulus has just purchased the iconic building where DPZ ad agency has been operating. He’s planning to build a boutique hotel that has 65 apartments, rooftop plus a restaurant with event space. However, the name of the hotel is still not known. Paulus stated that they are thinking of coming up with some something new.