Guilherme Paulus: Finding Success in the Tourism Industry
Brazil’s tourism industry is slowly changing the country’s economy. Last 2017, the country registered more than six million visitors, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years because of the efforts coming from the government. Businesses that would benefit greatly from the tourist influx in the country are those specializing in tour services and hotel services. Guilherme Paulus, one of the richest people in Brazil today, managed to make a huge fortune out of his two companies specializing in tour services and hotel services. He is a businessman that embodies hard work and perseverance, and because of his dedication to the industry, he recently made a billion dollars, and it was verified by Forbes. He is one of the newest billionaires of the world, making his debut at the Forbes top billionaires list this year.
Guilherme Paulus built his business empire from scratch. Before he turned 20 years old, the young entrepreneur decided to work with IBM serving as an intern. He wanted to learn more about how the business worked, so he decided to take up on the challenge and listened to what his mentors told him. The young dreamer had an idea on how he could become a billionaire, and he started looking for potential partners who would be willing to shell out some money to fund his project. He met a Brazilian politician who expressed his will to become a part of the project, and together with Guilherme Paulus, they established the company specializing in tour operators in 1972, naming it as the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A.
Through the years, the business became one of the most sought-after tour services companies in Latin America. Word of mouth reviews helped the company grow, and it also attracted a lot of tourists coming from different countries. Guilherme Paulus also had to work alone as the Brazilian partner he once had decided to break away from the company. Through his leadership, the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. became a huge business attracting so many investors and rewriting the tour operator business in Latin America.
Guilherme Paulus also established the GJP Hotels and Resorts to become his secondary business venture. It was founded in 2005, and his aim is to build affordable hotels to tourists where they can find world class services. As of the present, the GJP Hotels and Resorts have 15 branches all over the country, and the company keeps on acquiring more properties where future hotels and resorts will be built.