With humble beginnings in the business world as an intern for IBM, Guilherme Paulus has built Brazilian tourism business CVC into a $5.2 billion empire, and GJP Hotels and Resorts an expanding group of 15 properties in Brazil. Paulus’ has long been dedicated to the consistent building of resorts and hotels in Brazil as a way to provide jobs and opportunities for Brazilians, and has gone to great lengths to make visiting the country a more enjoyable process for travelers.
The 69-year old billionaire understands what travelers are looking for in a trip to Brazil, and has built many of his properties adjacent to popular tourist destinations. The properties are exquisitely-equipped and provide travelers with unique recreational opportunities. Whether the property is in Rio de Janeiro, Natal, or Confins, Guilherme Paulus has ensured that travelers are afforded every opportunity to enjoy the best of what Brazil has to offer.
Guilherme Paulus’ influence in Brazil extends beyond simply being an entrepreneur. He holds a strong belief of reinvestment in the people of the country and is heavily involved in philanthropic ventures like the PIET program that provides educational opportunities for underprivileged youth interested in tourism, the National Project of Professional Initiation in Tourism that gives youth direct opportunities to learn tourism, and the Dr. Klaide Care and Education Institution, which contributes to providing funds for health and education for underprivileged children in Brazil.
Largely due to his keen business acumen and sense of social responsibility, Guilherme Paulus was honored as 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. Key in the decision was the investment of $600 million of his personal funds to expand his hotel network in Brazil. On an entrepreneurial side note, Paulus’ business sense was demonstrated, as well, by his foray into aviation. In 2006, he purchased a single airplane airline, Webjet, and ultimately built it into Brazil’s third largest airline.
If one is interested in touring Brazil, it may be best to simply turn to Guilherme Paulus and the tourism experience he has created for the country and its visitors.