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Ms. Tounta

Philia Tounta

General Manager, Apokoros Club Hotel & Villas

Philia Tounta has been working in the tourism sector for 23 years. She has worked in various hotels, travel agencies and unions in Greece and abroad.

Currently Ms. Tounta is a General Manager of Apokoros Club Hotel & Villas in Athens. In addition, she is a Customer Service Manager at Thamiris Hotels in Crete, and Founder of the upcoming Activities web site “meetauthenticcrete” as well as a sales rep at “Crete Focus”.

Ms. Tounta is a hospitality & tourism consultant for small medium sized hotels, a Tourism Ambassador in Hellenic Tourist Society, an editorial board member for the Journal of Tourism & Hospitality Management New York USA, a provocateur in seminars and occasionally speaks at  industry conferences. She is a freelance author to various online international and local blogs (hotelspeak, hotelexecutive, traveldailynews, ehotelier, etc).  She often participates in discussions in Greek Radio Channels and has been interviewed by various journalists from abroad concerning tourism issues.

Ms. Tounta acquired an MBA Degree at UK Leicester (Employee Relations), a Bachelor Degree in Athens (Organizational Behavior &Management), and a Diploma in Tourism and a Diploma in CRM, UK. She speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian and she is a member of TIES, HTS, Bedposts, etc. She has attended numerous seminars and workshops concerning tourism and small business management.


Ms. Tounta can be contacted at apokorosclub@yahoo.gr

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.