Guilherme Paulus is a Sao Paolo, Brazil-based businessman who has been incredibly successful in both the tourism and hospitality industries. The first company he opened was CVC which is now the market-leading Latin American travel agency by a wide margin. He started this business in 1972 and presently serves as its chairman of the board. His other business, which he launched in 2005, is GJP Hotels Network which is now one of Brazil’s biggest hotel chains. Read his articles at Revista 100 Fronteiras to know more.
He attended college and earned a degree in business administration in 1970. His first job was working at IBM as a trainee. He says he learned a lot about computer and sales but decided that working for a company just wasn’t what he wanted out of life. He wanted to be an entrepreneur so in 1972 he launched CVC. Guilherme Paulus says that he found the tourism industry intriguing and so moved over to that industry.
Not long after opening CVC he tagged along on a trip to Buenos Aires that a group of French tourists were on. He found out part-way through the trip was really boring and so he got to work setting up activities for them to do. They ended up really enjoying what he came up with and before he knew it the sales to French tourists at his agency didn’t stop.
Guilherme Paulus says that what he does in the tourism industry comes down to selling dreams. His company offers a broader range of activities than any other tour operator in Latin America and he makes sure every tourist can be kept as busy as they desire exploring the region. In addition to the big tourist spots, he also offers tours to smaller areas with a range of things to do, something no other tour provider offers.
It was in 1995 that Guilherme Paulus bought his first hotel. This first hotel, located in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, was joined by a second one in 2005. It was at that point that he created GJP Hotels Network in order to manage is burgeoning hospitality investments. He now has 14 hotels in Brazil with more on the way. Visit: http://www.abramark.com.br/web-portfolio/guilherme-paulus/