Guilherme Paulus started his passion for travel in 1972 and has never really stopped ever since. It was in that year that he co-founded CVC Tours in Santo André, São Paulo. It started out as a very small travel agency and over time became the largest tour operator in all of Latin America. He also now operates a hospitality firm, GJP Hotels and Resorts, which keeps him on the move.
He earned a degree in business administration and then started working for IBM as an intern. He quickly decided he would rather make his mark in a different industry, though, and found someone who shared his vision of starting a travel agency. This partner supplied the money to get this business off the ground. After four years Guilherme Paulus was running this as a solo business and began to attract clients from around the world as well as domestically.
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As Latin America’s premier tourism company, CVC Tours has partners throughout the world. This includes hotels, airline firms, cruise lines, and others. His business activities have a positive effect on the communities in which he operates as it brings in jobs and tourism dollars. He has provided employment to thousands of people in Latin America and helped to support a large number of small businesses.
He opened his first hotel in 1995. Today Guilherme Paulus’ hospitality firm has more than 20 hotels and resorts and has over 5,000 employees. His hotels are in Rio de Janeiro, Maceió, São Paulo, Gramado, and Salvador. He travels a lot between his hotels so that he can check up on them and talk to his guests and staff. He says that by being close to the day-to-day operations of his hotels he learns a lot and makes them better.
Throughout his career, Guilherme Paulus has been a socially conscious entrepreneur. One nonprofit he supports in the tourism industry is the PIET project. This nonprofit provides people with the skills they need to enter the tourism industry, including the next generation of leaders. Guilherme Paulus also is a sponsor of Alfasol Solidarity Literacy which teaches young people and adults how to read.