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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 September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.