CVC is a tour operator that was established in 1972 by Guilherme Paulus. When he started out he was the only person working for this company. Today it operates in 465 Brazilian cities. While he still has partial ownership of this privately held company he sold his majority share in it to the Carlyle Group about ten years ago. It is now named CVC Corporation and it is the largest tour operator in South America, largely due to his efforts.
Guilherme Paulus also established a hospitality and construction business in the 1990s. The parent company he formed is called GJP Group and its two subsidiaries are GJP Hotels & Resorts and GJP Construction Inc. The hospitality company has 14 hotels and resorts in Brazil including in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Gramado, Foz do Iguacu, and Paragominas. This business employees over 1,300 people and is made up of three brands. These are Wish (5-star hotels), Prodigy (4-star hotels), and Linx (3-star hotels). Find out more about Paulus at Exame.
As for the future of CVC, Guilherme Paulus says that he and Carlyle Group are hard at work expanding its operations. They are planning to 500 new storefronts and are also experimenting with other ways of getting customers, such as placing kiosks inside of malls. He says that he wants to open the first 120 stores in 2018 and the rest will be opened over the next five years.
Being a businessman who tries new things, Guilherme Paulus says that he has made some mistakes over the years. He feels that his biggest one was an agreement that his president of the company at the time signed with the French government. This was in the early 2000s and the idea was to increase the number of visas so more people could travel from France to Brazil where they would tour with CVC. They opened a CVC store in Paris but the tour costs proved to be prohibitively expensive. The other problem was that they just put CVC on the sign so people didn’t realize that it was a tour operator. He also regrets having Brazilians work at this store rather than French citizens.