CVC Tours is a company that was established in Santa Andre, Sao Paulo, by entrepreneur Guilherme Paulus in 1972. He sold this company a number of years ago to Carlyle Group but he continues on as the chairman of the board. He has spent the past few years expanding into specialty travel as he takes the company in a new direction.
He and the management team of CVC Tours established five new subsidiaries. These are focused on online travel reservations, a company that consolidates airplane tickets, corporate travel, and leisure travel through independent agencies. There is one new subsidiary is called Cultural Exchange Experiment that offers cultural exchange opportunities and courses abroad. The final subsidiary, Visual Tourism, is all about niche travel such as for those on their honeymoons or people interested in ecotourism.
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Guilherme Paulus also owns and operates GJP Group which oversees GJP Hotels & Resorts and a general contracting firm GJP Construction Inc. He has hotels specifically for budget travelers and two brands for people who want to splurge while on vacation. This is an award winning company. The World Travel Awards (WTA) organization bestowed its coveted “Best Resort for Families in South America” award on this company in 2018 for the second year in a row. The ceremony for hotelier Guilherme Paulus and GJP Group was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Since WTA is considered the Oscars of travel his company winning not once but twice was considered a rather big deal in the hospitality industry.
One of GJP Hotels & Resorts most popular resorts is Wish Resort Foz Iguacu. Guilherme Paulus bought Wish Resort Foz Iguacu resort in 2009 and had it extensively renovated. It features nature trails, a beauty salon, seven swimming pools, a climbing wall, jacuzzis, a beautiful professional golf course, and even more amenities. Families love staying in one of this resort’s 215 units.
Guilherme Paulus has also been recognized himself with numerous awards. The French government once honored him for his international tourism expertise. He has also been recognized by the city of Miami, Cancun, Buenos Aires, Isla Margarita, and Bariloche. Among his titles is Valor Executive which was given to him by the newspaper Valor Economics.
Shiraz Boghani is an entrepreneur like no other. He is one of the most revered business persons in Asia. During the Asian Business Awards, he was honored with the favorite best hotelier award due to his exemplary contribution to the hospitality industry. Shiraz is the founder as well as the chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group, a conglomerate operating over 20 hotels across the globe. He has been in the industry for over 30 years, and his business portfolio continues to grow day by day.
Shiraz Boghani relocated from Kenya to the United Kingdom in 1969 in pursuit of greener pastures. He enrolled into an accounting company for training in the field and immediately after certification, Shiraz joined Thomson McLintock & Co currently known as KPMG in the role of an accounting assistant. Those days as an employee would shape Shiraz into the businessman he is today. He learned that satisfying a client is the first step to success. He always ensured that their books are well managed and analyzed. The expertise and skills he gained during those days have influenced most of the operational decisions he makes at Splendid Hospitality Group. The cooperation uses top-notch technology especially in the accounting division to ensure efficiency.
Shiraz Boghani has also invested in the hospitality industry outside the Asian continent. The Hilton London Bankside Hotel in London is another landmark project under Shiraz Boghani’s belt. With partner Shafik Sachedina, they invested into a healthcare facility. Sussex Healthcare which provides unique personalized care to the elderly has grown over the years to become a leading facility in the United Kingdom. The organization offers professional care to persons who have Dementia, neurological disabilities, learning problems, and Alzheimer’s. It started operations over three decades ago, and today operates more than 19 facilities.
Though he is a busy man, Shiraz Boghani also finds time for humanitarian and charitable courses in the world. He funds and supports the Aga Khan Foundation as well as the Aga Khan Development Network which are renowned around the world for their contribution towards health and education. Shiraz continues to inspire change in the hospitality industry through his ability to innovate ideas that bring change to the sector.