Guilherme Paulus has become a respected Brazilian businessperson based on his work as the head of the CVC Brasil Operadora and GJP Hotels and Resorts brands. Life for Guilherme Paulus could have been very different if he had remained an intern at IBM, instead of following his dream of entering the tourism sector.
The story of Guilherme is one which carries with it a story for those of us looking to enter the tourism sector but feel we lack the funds needed to invest in a new company. Paulus was lucky to find an investor to work with named Carlos Vicente Cerchiari who had been looking to extend his career into the tourism industry. This entrance into the tourism industry took Paulus out of an industry and environment he was not enjoying into a world in which he could achieve his dreams of success with his partner and later alone.
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The partnership between Paulus and Cerchiari lasted four years before the junior partner decided the time had come to go it alone and begin his career as a hotelier. Over the course of the four years working with Cerchiari, Guilherme Paulus learned lots about how to operate a business and how to work alongside business partners and employees, a range of skills which stands him in good stead to the present day.
As the founder and head of GJP Hotels and Resorts, Paulus believes it is important to not ignore the domestic tourism market in favor of international travelers. By traveling to the hotels and resorts he owns two to three days each week, Guilherme Paulus is able to keep on top of which parts of his business are working well. Paulus is willing to explain he feels it is important not to turn his back on the domestic market within Brazil when it is tempting to focus his efforts on bringing more international travelers to his home nation.