Guilherme Paulus: From Humble Beginnings To Global Entrepreneurial Success

Co-founder of CVC Brasil Operadora Agencia de Viagens S.A. (known as CVC), entrepreneur Guilherme Paulus has become a global investor and Brazilian hotelier.

In a recent interview Paulus discusses his journey as a business owner, strategies, motivators, and his own business successes and failure. His candor and the story of how he and his partner, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, were able to build huge success from humble beginnings.

While working in Caso Faro in Sao Paulo, Paulus took a boating trip that would change his life. He met Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a former state deputy, who had a business concept that included opening a travel agency in Santo Andre and interested Paulus deeply. Despite the fact that Guilherme Paulus was young and had no liquid capital to invest in the business, the two men developed a business plan that delegated the groundwork and initial efforts while Cerchiari supplied the funding.

The business began as a travel agency that Paulus strategically set up in a high traffic location. He felt passionate about the business from the very beginning and always had a vision of expanding into multiple markets. Paulus and Cerchiari were partners for four years until Cerchiari branched out on his own.

In discussing strategies that helped to grow his business ventures, Guilherme Paulus cites the manner in which he helped encourage Brazilian travelers to transition from road travel to air travel. Paulus invested in chartering flights and his company, CVC, is considered the pioneer of domestic air travel within Brazil. Prior to this there was a strong international travel business, but until CVC promoted travel by air within the country it was not very common.

With a humble nature and clear candor Paulus discusses one of his business failings as an entrepreneur. In an attempt to capitalize on the agreement that Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso made with France to facilitate visas in the early 2000s, Guilherme Paulus opened a location in France. Unfortunately, the name CVC was not well known in France as a travel agency and were not very receptive to the Brazilians that Paulus hired to staff the agency, which in retrospect Paulus considers a mistake.

Guilherme Paulus has experienced great worldwide success in travel and as chairman and investor of GJP Hotel & Resorts. GJP employs over 5,000 individuals in 20 hotels and resorts in locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Recife, and many more.

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Guilherme Paulus: Brazilian Businessman, Entrepreneur, And Hotelier

Guilherme Paulus is among the most influential businessmen in Brazil and is the co-founder and owner of the largest tour operators in Brazil named CVC. He started the company when he was just twenty-four along with his friend who was a Brazilian politician. However, his partner left the firm after only four years leaving the responsibility of the entire firm on the shoulders of Guilherme. The innovative marketing strategies and the travel packages that he introduced and implemented helped the company to not only stay afloat in this competitive market but also helped the company to become one of the most preferred travel partners for Latin American tourists.

In 2009, Carlyle Group, one of the leading private equity groups in the world took sixty-three percent holding in CVC at $420 million. Guilherme Paulus is also the founder and owner of the GJP Hotels and Resorts, which currently has over two dozen hotels and resorts across the country. The economic boom that the state has witnessed in the past couple of decades has called for the boom in the travel industry. More and more people are traveling to Brazil, and it has helped CVC to deliver innovative yet affordable travel packages to the tourists. It has helped the company to increase its revenue and stronghold in the tourism sector consistently.

Under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, CVC has become a company that people across Latin America trust. Before he moved to the tourism industry, Guilherme Paulus worked as an intern at IBM. Currently, he is based in Sao Paulo, where he is continually trying to find new ways to take CVC to a higher level of success. He is one of the richest Brazilians currently and is trying to become a leading hotelier in the country. The GJP Hotels and Resorts are presently working to expand its network across the country, especially near the airports and railway stations. Forbes has listed Guilherme as one of the wealthiest and most successful Brazilians and entrepreneurs. The management success that he has achieved as the CEO of CVC is remarkable and has inspired many young Brazilian entrepreneurs as well.

Splendid Hospitality Group Chairman Is Shiraz Boghani

Shiraz Boghani is the Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group. This is a firm which owns a chain of hotels in the United Kingdom. Splendid Hospitality Group has one of the best hotels in the country. They have the luxury as well as limited service hotels. Right now they have over 20 hotels in the country all spread across various cities. Recently the company has been doing a lot in the industry. They have been creating some of the most magnificent hotels in the country. One of the hotels that are popular in the country includes 5-star Grand Hotel and Spa in York and 5 Star Conrad London St James. These two are the recent additions in the country from the Splendid Hospitality Group.

Under the able leadership of Shiraz Boghani, the company is expected to make an impact in the hospitality industry in the UK. The group is investing heavily and very soon we could see the company become the overall leading company in the country. Right now it is the biggest privately owned hotel company in the United Kingdom. Splendid continues to perform, exceptionally well with the addition of more hotels every year. The company has been opening up some of the biggest projects in the country. To make it even better for the company, they have gained recognition from some of the top hotel brands in the world such as the Hilton and choice.


Shiraz Boghani is a reputable name in the hospitality industry. In 2016, he was awarded the hotelier of the year award for his good work in the industry during the Asia Business Awards. This award was approval of the work that Splendid Hospitality Group was doing in growing the hospitality industry in the world. Shiraz Boghani described this recognition as a sign that the company he leads is not just a UK firm but a global company that offer first class services. The hotels he owns have a bed capacity of over 2000. His commitment to work will see the company become even greater in the future.

Shiraz Boghani was born in East Africa. He went to the UK in 1969 to pursue further training in accountancy. He worked with the now KPMG accounting firm. Shiraz has another firm known as Sussex Healthcare. This is a firm he started in 1985 together with Shafik Sachedina. This is a health company that offers support to people living with special needs in the UK.

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