Guilherme Paulus joined the billionaires club and made Forbes Brazil billionaires list after he sold control of CVC to the Carlyle Group. This was after he had built the smaller company up into the the largest travel operator in the Americas and also one of the largest on the planet earth. He has traveled all over Brazil and loves to visit hotels all over the globe. In recent times, he has spoken about the fact that he still loves to work, as well. He is still a large part of CVC and is happy to be working in the travel industry.
Guilherme Paulus is a believer of the tourism industry in Brazil, and is proud that CVC has been a part of bringing travel experiences, regionally and abroad, to more than 4 million people in the country. His company has more than 900 stores in operation and is looking to open another 100 this year. His understanding of the Brazilian travel industry has helped him to grow CVC, and he knows that people continue to travel whether the country is doing well financially or not. A lot of its citizens’ go on trips regardless of their income, and this motivates him to look for more hotel opportunities.
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The business expert has expressed his belief that the tourism industry in Brazil has a long way to go, and he expects the country’s hospitality industry to continue to expand. He has pointed to the Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, which is a 5 star hotel in Salvador, as a success in the country and hopes to own more hotels that can be just as successful in the future. While he didn’t want to sell any part of CVC in the beginning, when the Carlyle Group made its offer, his CFO suggested he consider it. The negotiations took some time, but in the end, all parties were happy with the arrangement.
Guilherme Paulus co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in 1972 and grew the company until it was considered one of the largest tour operators in Latin America. He is also the founder of GJP Hotels and Resorts, which is working to expand by building more hotels.