Founded in 1972, CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. has grown to become one of the largest tourism firms in the world. With locations in 23 Brazilian states and international countries, including France, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.
CVC Brasil’s leader and its co-founder Guilherme Paulus is considered one of the most liked and respected businessmen in Brazil and has lead the firm since 1974 after his co-founder Carlos Vicente Cerchiari sold his ownership. The business graduate interned at IBM before he was the age of 20 before entering the tourism industry.
Today, CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A has over 3200 employees with operations that interact with over 1000 suppliers. An international firm with operations in Brazil, France, Argentina, Chile and Uraguay, Guilherme Paulus has increased the standards of living for many Brazilians, a fact recognized in 2017 when he was the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the year by Money magazine. Four years prior to being recognized by Money Magazine, Paulus joined Forbes list of billionaires.
Back in 2005, Guilherme Paulus founded GJP Hotels and Resorts. After investing nearly $600 million in building new hotels and was able to capitalize on the World Cup and Summer Olympics in 2014, and 2016 respectively. Today GJP Hotels and Resorts, known also as the GJP Group Is comprised the three major hotel chains, the three-star Lynix Hotel Group, the four-star Prodigy Hotel Group and the five-star Wish Hotel Group. The GJP Hotel Group employees 1.9 thousand Brazilians.
Guilherme Paulus would eventually sell the majority of his share of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A for about $750 million. Mr. Paulus still owns 8% of the company he co-founded back in 1972. Mr. Guilherme Paulus has been a member of the National Tourism of Council for more than 15 years named by the Republic’s president.