GJP (Guilherme Jesus Paulus) Hotels & Resorts are one of Brazils largest chain of hotels with assets that surpass the half a billion mark. Today the GJP network of hotels is now Guilherme Paulus most valuable assets, and he is now concentrating more on this venture since he sold a large portion of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. The GJP network currently owns around twenty hotels all under different star classification something that has allowed the network to tap into the industry’s diverse clientele.
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Guilherme Paulus has always been a savvy investor who has always believed in the power to grow a brand from its humble beginnings into recognizable brands. His focus on the tourism industry has also been very important to his rise to achieve billionaire status. The tourism sector in Brazil has been on an incredible growth path that has helped investors in the industry earn incredible returns. They have also continued to splash more capital into their ventures as this growth does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The level of commitment to investing in tourism was clearly reflected by the Carlyle group when they acquired quite a substantial stake in CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. This acquisition would be one of the largest in Brazil back in 2009 and would propel the company value to greater heights.
At the time of acquisition Guilherme Paulus was getting GJP on a steady path in the hotel business and he had just acquired some of the necessary approvals required in the development of a number of hotels that the group wanted to develop near airports in the hope that the upcoming sports events would bring enough numbers to occupy all available spaces. This was a strategy developed by Guilherme Paulus, who had studied the industry since he was 22 and had a level of understanding that made his analysis credible. The entrepreneur has had his ups and downs in his journey here, and he continues to credit these hardships for making him such a shrewd investor. Today, as he sits on the Brazilian Tourism board he hopes he can help grow the sector to where the entire team envisions.