For years, the tourism sector in Greece has been a “victim” of the country’s natural beauty. Relying on the sea, sun, and history, the tourism industry never applied professional rules to its development and promotion, neither did it utilise its extraordinary potential. But today that the shift towards quality tourism is a reality and the number of five-star hotels has grown by 48% between 2015 and 2019, hotel and tourism establishments are increasingly becoming aware of the value of a specialised Manager in a global economy. Growth prospects are huge and there is a pressing need for executives that hold postgraduate degrees.
For half a century now, BCA has been offering top-rated studies in the Hospitality and Tourism Management sector, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. MA International Hospitality and Tourism Management specifically targets graduates of various disciplines who wish to develop as specialised executives in large Greek and multinational companies, in the hospitality industry (hotels, cruises, conferences, exhibitions, fairs, sports events) or in the way such hospitality is organised (tour operators, tourist agencies).
The postgraduate degrees are awarded by the University of West London (UWL) or by Glion and Les Roches, the leading Swiss Universities with which BCA is cooperating on an academic level. The MA International Hospitality and Tourism Management postgraduate programme analyses a number of factors that jointly shape the characteristics of products in the tourism sector and explores deeper the science of managing Hospitality and Tourism establishments, also covering elements of Psychology, Social Anthropology and Communication. Studies may be conducted by physical presence, attended entirely online, or through a combination of the above.
An important BCA innovation is the creation of a boutique hotel, with all its departments, in the college’s City Campus; this functions as a simulation of a five-star hotel and enables students to combine theoretical education and practical training at the same time. Our goal is to create high-level executives who, immediately upon obtaining their postgraduate degree, will be able to assume positions of responsibility in the tourism “industry” and join the thousands of BCA graduates who already do so with great success.
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.
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