How Guilherme Paulus Became The King Of Latin America’s Tourism Industry
If you need a tour guide for Latin America you couldn’t find a better one than Guilherme Paulus. He has run that regions largest tourism company, CVC tours, since 1972. He also owns GJP Hotel and Resorts which has over 3,000 rooms in Brazil. He has been all over Latin America and says that he spends two or three days every week on the road.
His hotels offer many experiences. Some of Guilherme Paulus’ hotels are in Rio de Janiero which offers an urban experience. The hotel at Foz do Iguacu is located near some fantastic waterfalls. He has beach hotels located in both Porto de Galinhas and Natal. The hotel expert has three brands depending on who the hotel is meant for. The Linx brand is for those looking to have a budget-friendly vacation. Prodigy offers value with a mix of luxury. Wish is for those who want uncompromised personal services and luxury throughout their stay.
He says that when he got involved in the tourism industry as a 24-year-old the idea wasn’t really his. He had been chatting with Carlos Vicente Cerchiari who was a state deputy at the time. Cerchiari wanted to open a tourist office in Santo Andre. Guilherme Paulus handled the operations of this office while Cerchiari was the one with the money to make it happen.
The tourist office took off and was very popular with both Brazilians and foreigners. Carlos Vicente Cerchiari moved on to other business activities and so Guilherme Paulus took over ownership of the business. He made it increasingly popular by adding many exciting travel packages that none of his competitors were offering. He now has offices across Latin America and in other nations around the world.
Guilherme Paulus says that he is an eternal optimist and greets each day by being thankful. In order to stay on top of his companies, he writes out his entire weekly schedule which he says makes him more productive with his time as well as more organized. He spends a lot of his time traveling to his hotels where he asks guests how their stays are and the staff what improvements can be made.