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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.