Guilherme Paulus was an entrepreneur the young age of 24 when he co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972. Under Guilherme Paulus’ control, the company grew until it was extremely successful and one of Latin America’s largest tourist agency. Guilherme Paulus sold shares in Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 2009 to the Carlyle Group for an estimated 420 million dollars and has continued to delve into other business ventures.
While it could be said that many people work to get rich to stop working Guilherme Paulus has continued to work after accumulating a large amount of wealth. It is not a surprise that Paulus is an avid traveler himself as he founded the tourist company Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. He has traveled throughout Brazil and all over the world. He is determined to become of Brazil’s most successful hotelier, and his work ethic will lead him to succeed. Paulus has a wake-up time of 6:30 a.m in the morning and a routine of visiting hotels and workers. It is important to note that Paulus still retains 25% ownership of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. and is the sole owner of GJP Hotels and Resorts which he founded in 2005. Paulus dreams of becoming Brazil’s largest hotelier are coming true, and he uses his work ethic to make sure of this.
Paulus believes that even in times of crises that Brazilian’s won’t stop traveling making businesses in hotel and tourism are a good bet. Labor legislation and the 13th salary is an employee benefit that pays Brazilian employees for their vacation. This salary s used as an incentive to promote employee travel. According to Paulus, Brazilian tourism still has to grow. Currently, Brazilian tourism accounts for only 3.5% of the wealth generated in the country, but there is still room for growth in tourism and expansion will continue to happen even as the popularity of Airbnb continues.
Paulus first risked entering the hotel business when he bought the Serrano Hotel in Gramado in 1995. GJP is a chain of hotels located throughout Brazil and amounts to about 500 million dollars in assets. In 2016 it is estimated that the GJP hotel chain generated two hundred and fifty million dollars in revenue. Paulus intends to pass on the GJP hotel chain to his heir, and it is for the benefit of his family and granddaughters.