Ms. Tounta

Philia Tounta

Hospitality and Tourism Consultant

Hotelice

Philia Tounta has been working in Tourism sector for 17 years. She has worked in various hotels, travel agencies and unions in Greece and abroad. Ms. Tounta has acquired an MBA Degree in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor Degree in Athens and a Diploma in Tourism. She speaks English, French, Spanish 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 currently lives in Athens and she is the General Manager of Apokoros Club Hotel & Villas Craft Deco & Activities in Crete Greece, a Customer Service Officer at Thamiris Hotel(s) Crete, and sales manager at “Crete focus” and “You planet”.

Ms. Tounta is a Hospitality & Tourism consultant for small medium sized hotels (‘Hotelice’), a Tourism Ambassador in Hellenic Tourist Society and she is occasionally speaking in conferences concerning Tourism. Also, she is a freelance author to various online international and local blogs. Often she participates in discussions in Greek Radio Channels and has been interviewed by various journalists from abroad concerning Tourism issues.

Positions currently held: General Manager Apokoros Club Hotel/Villas CraftDeco&Activities Crete Greece Cunstomer Service Manager Thamiris Hotel & Thamirakis Villas Crete Greece Travel&Hospitality Consultant, "Hotelice" Consultants

Ms. Tounta can be contacted at +306939319883 or tounta.philia@gmail.com

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.