The first steps
Rolling back in time, Erasmus was founded in 1993 by a group of three, all having worked in the tourism industry till then; Mrs. Georgia Tsatsou, Mrs. Olga Dimopoulou and Mr. Aristides Tsaldaris. The company was firstly introduced as “ERASMUS HORIZON ltd.” but five years later, when Mr. Tsaldaris withdrew, it was renamed “ERASMUS ltd”. Although it took off with personnel of few people, Erasmus already had an active team of seventeen by the year 1998. Definitely, the expectations were something more than just great.
In 2002, the prestigious economic newspaper “H NAFTEMPORIKI” becomes the third partner of the company.
In 2013, “KYVERNITIS TRAVEL S.A.”, one of the strongest travel agencies in Greece, takes the place of “H NAFTEMPORIKI” as the third partner of ERASMUS S.A.
A dynamic route
From 2002 and on, Erasmus S.A. has become one of the leading PCOs in Greece, running more than 50 projects per year and having a stable and dynamic team of 25 people. This fact is verified through the continuous trust of its major clients, the high rates of repeated projects and the breadth of its activities.
In the very beginning of 2003, Erasmus moves to its privately owned offices in one of the most central spots of Athens, in the area of Hilton (right next to the Divani Caravel Hotel).
One of the top moments in the company history was when in October 2006 Erasmus was involved in the organization of the 15th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (abbr. EADV) in Rhodes. The specific conference accommodated more than 12.000 participants and 130 exhibitors and it turned out to be a huge success.
In the same year (2006) Erasmus received the ISO 9001 certification, having established and applying a quality management system for Congress & Exhibitions Organizing and Incentive Travel.
Two years later, in 2008, Erasmus received one more quality stamp, by becoming a full member of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers – IAPCO – following a rigorous evaluation process.
The big step – outside the Greek borders
2009 was a landmark year for our company: for the first time we organized a Conference abroad. The 2nd International Workshop on Focal Therapy and Imaging in Prostate and Kidney Cancer (10 – 13/6/2009, Noordwijk, the Netherlands), fully organized and executed by Erasmus was a great success.
This was the first step for us to stand as a Professional Congress Organizer in Europe as well as in other countries. Since then, Erasmus has gained valuable experience and we are continuing our efforts of maintaining excellent relations with major Scientific Associations, Colleges and Universities all over Europe and the world, who have trusted and continue to trust their collaboration with our company.
Click here to read a personal narration of Erasmus’ history by the CEO and co-owner, Ms. Georgia Tsatsou.