The CVC travel agency has become the largest tourist operator in all of Latin America. It now has its sights set on becoming the largest in the world. The CVC travel agency was founded in 1972 by Guilherme Paulus and Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. Carlos was a politician at the time and was impressed by Guilherme’s ability to please his customers. Carlos left the business venture four years after the founding of the CVC and sold his shares of the company to Guilherme Paulus.
Guilherme Paulus was left to lead the CVC travel agency on his own. The Brazilian born entrepreneur managed to make the CVC into a highly successful company. Even though the CVC was already a success, Guilherme Paulus felt that he could still take it to greater heights with the support of global investment fund. In 2009, Guilherme sold a part of the CVC to the global investment firm, the Carlyle Group. Guilherme is still owner of a third of the company. The CVC travel agency is now able to generate an annual revenue of $5.2 billion.
The next business venture for the successful entrepreneur was the founding of the GJP Hotels and Resorts network in 2005. The GJP has quickly grown to be a successful company and is now in control of 19 hotels all over the country of Brazil. There are 7 hotels in the Southern region of Brazil, 5 hotels in the Southeast region, and 7 in the Northeast region. Guilherme credits the success of the GJP network to its ability to be committed to customer service. The GJP was founded with only one establishment and is now known as one of the largest national hotel chains. It specializes in leisure tourism and events.
Guilherme Paulus moved on to the airline industry after that. In 2006, he acquired the Webjet airline. The small airline had only one aircraft in its fleet at the time of its acquisition. Mr. Paulus managed to transform the small airline into the third largest airline that operates in the country of Brazil. Webjet now has 20 aircraft in its fleet.
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