Most businessmen would agree that being a successful entrepreneur in Brazil is not a walk in the park. There are many things that hinder entrepreneurs in this country to achieve many things. This includes insanely high government taxes, unpredictable bureaucracy, and lack of venture capital. But despite these, Guilherme Paulus managed to overcome obstacles and has placed his name in Brazil’s history as a remarkable tourism advocate, hotelier, and entrepreneur. The list for Guilherme Paulus’ awards, recognition, and citations is long. Aside from being named as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Brazil in 2017, Paulus, one of the founding members of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A. or simply CVC played a crucial role in helping the global tourism company become the largest tour operator in Brazil and in Latin America.
More popularly known as Operadora e Agência de Viagens CVC Tour Ltda was established in 1972 through the vision of Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. During this time, Paulus was just a 24-year-old fresh graduate. Global entrepreneur and hotelier Guilherme Paulus started working as an intern at IBM. He currently leads the GJP Hotels and Resorts. It is the largest hotel chain with hotels and resorts scattered all over the country. At present, GJP operates more than 20 hotels and resorts positioned in Sao Paolo, Maceio, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Recife. Paulus passion for the tourism industry of Brazil is not limited to resorts and hotels. To further accommodate the tourists visiting his country, he purchased an airline company.
In 2006, Paulus bought Webjet, a small airline company with only one airplane. After 5 years, it became the third largest airline company in Brazil. In 2011, he sold WebJet to Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA.Guilherme Paulus’ passion for the tourism industry did not only brought him success but also helped employ more than 1900 Brazilians. His aggressive expansion all over the country has provided opportunities to Brazilians who are looking for ways to feed their family and improve their quality of life. Paulus spent most of his professional career serving his country by improving its tourism industry. He believes that he was able to do all of these because he is grateful for his country, to its people, to his longtime mentors, as well as to the families of people that he employs.