Guilherme Paulus, The Man Who Helped Create Tourism In Brazil

Guilherme Paulus who is a Brazilian Entrepreneur, ranks as 1268 on Forbes billionaire list. Guilherme Paulus is currently Chairman and Co-founder of CVC Brasil Operadora. CVC Brasil Operadora provides tourism services in Brazil and internationally.

CVC Brasil Operadora employs more than 1100 people and helps to create another 4900 jobs indirectly. It also employs more than 9,086 travel agents. It has locations set up in every state in Brazil, in 456 cities. Which is partly why the Brazilian economy continues to prosper, and is currently ranked as the eighth largest economy in the world.

Currently CVC has over 300 franchises and 1200 stores throughout Brazil. With the direction of Guilherme Paulus, CVC has received the award for best tourism operator 11 consecutive times. CVC Brasil Operadora has been honored by the World Travel Market in a ceremony, for its continuous groundbreaking ideas and its overwhelming contribution to the growth of world tourism. Mr. Paulus managed to take home an astonishing 12 trophies during the ceremony.

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In 2009 Guilherme Paulus decided to transform CVC into a public company. CVC Brasil Operadora sold a 63 percent stake of the company to the American funded global private equity firm The Carlyle Group for 420 million dollars. He since has remained as chairman of CVC, as minority shareholder. As Minority shareholder this allows him to make important decisions.

It has not been an easy for Mr. Paulus, he almost had to close CVC when the company was only 8 years old. The company at the time was facing countless restrictions. The Brazilian government also introduced a withholding tax, which did nothing to help the situation.

Guilherme Paulus decided to start pursuing corporations, rather than smaller clients, his tour rates are incomparable and hard to match. Which is why CVC continues to draw millions of tourists, and has become the largest tourism operation in Latin America. This proves that with dedication and a hard work ethic, anything is possible.