The turnover of tourism worldwide accounts for 10.4% of global GDP and 20.8 % of the Greek GDP in 2019 (WTTC, 2020), while it is estimated that the global tourism industry will continue growing and is expected to reach USD 3 trillion by 2024 (Euromonitor, 2020). Greece, with an annual turnover of more than 21.3 billion Euro in the tourism industry, holds a particularly high position in the world ranking. The tourism and hospitality market, both Greek and global, needs qualified executives who want to pursue career in a demanding but charming and “cosmopolitan” field.
Comprehensive studies in the field of tourism business management were first offered in Greece by BCA, decades ago. A large number of specialised executives who have a career in Greek and multinational hotel businesses have studied at BCA. This is a further advantage for new students, since an extensive and powerful network of cooperation and mutual support for BCA alumni and students is already in place.
Today, the Tourism and Hotel Studies programme offered by BCA College is recognised as one of the leading programmes in Europe and is validated by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency), which is the UK Authority supervising tertiary education institutes in the UK. BCA has also entered in an academic partnership agreement with the leading Swiss schools Glion and Les Roches, which are consistently ranked among the top 5 in the world. This means that, apart from the multitude of common educational activities with the participation of professors from these Swiss institutes, the students of the department can study at BCA College for the first two years and complete their final year of study in Switzerland, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Glion or Les Roches.
A special innovation introduced by BCA is the 5-star Smart Hotel simulation created in the City Campus. An actual hotel with a reception, rooms, restaurant and bar, exclusively for the training of students, so that they can combine theoretical education with practical training every day.
The tourism industry offers many career and development opportunities, as it covers a wide range of sectors, so that all graduates can find the position that inspires and satisfies them. Tourism establishments offer both Front-of-the-House and Back-of-the-House jobs, allowing people with different personalities to pursue a career in top management positions. If you are interested in a career in a sector with 100% employment, high salaries, a pleasant environment and international prospects, tourism can offer you more than you expect.
At BCA we place great emphasis on experiential learning and practice. Our students not only study, but live in the professional field of their choice, from the very first days of their studies.
Dr Christina Konstantinidou holds a DBA degree in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University. She received an MBA with Distinction in Business Administration from Kingston University and an MA in Adult Education from the Hellenic Open University.
Furthermore, she holds a BA Honours First Class in Business Management from Kingston University and a BH Honours First Class in Humanities in European Culture with a full scholarship from the Hellenic Open University.
She has extended work experience in the hospitality industry. For 23 years, she has worked as the General Manager of Porto Hydra Hotel (a 4-Star, 300 rooms hotel) with numerous awards and global distinctions. She also worked for 3 years as the General Manager of “Time Share Hellas SA” and contributed to the promotion of alternative tourism products/services. For 21 consecutive years, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Akti Plepi S.A., which contributed significantly to the advancement of the tourist destination of the prefecture of Argolida. For 8 years she was the Managing Director of the company “Diachiristiki S.A.”.
Since 2017 she has worked for BCA College as a member of its academic faculty. In 2018 she took over the Management of the Hospitality & Tourism Management department of BCA, while in 2019, she took over the General Management of BCA College.
She has extensive educational experience in the private sector. She has been a Module Leader in multiple modules delivered in BCA College in partnership with Plymouth University and in collaboration with the University of West London. Also, she has worked educationally with AGSM and the “University Degli Studio Guglielmo Marconi”.
She has been a keynote speaker at conferences and workshops of numerous Greek and multinational companies. Furthermore, she has offered several webinars under the Empowered project, powered by kariera.gr and sponsored by 3E-Coca Cola. Moreover, she has delivered multiple lectures on various projects powered by Regeneration and sponsored by Pireaus Bank. At the same time, she has volunteered her services as a mentor related to Youth and Women Empowered under the coordination of 3E-Coca Cola and kariera.gr
She has published several articles in newspapers and magazines.
The focus of her interest is on adult education, the new trends of hybrid and blended learning, the digital transformation and the tourism and hospitality sector.
Recognition of professional equivalence of degrees from BCA’s collaboration with British Universities.