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History of Erasmus S.A.


 

Casting my mind back three decades I place myself in the offices of Hellenic Tours.  It’s spring 1976 and I can see me taking my first steps in tourism, a field as diverse as it is interesting.  In 1981 and at about the same time I set out, Mrs. Olga Dimopoulou sets up her own office organizing mostly scientific conferences.  A decade later, our parallel tracks converge at the same junction.  It is there that, once again, we become aware of the mutual respect for each other.  In 1993, the two of us join forces with Mr Aristeidis Tsaldaris and, not long afterwards, Erasmus Horizon Ltd is born with congress tourism as its main objective. 

Our first set of offices belonged to the Horizon company and soon we were able to welcome in our midst one of our most dynamic cooperators, Penelope Mitrogianni.  A few months later, in 1994, there were five of us and our company was given a home at the offices of Mrs. Dimopoulou.  But not for long:  Our staff had grown to the point that moving to our own separate office space seemed to be the only solution.  And move we did to a beautiful set of offices on Vasileos Georgiou Avenue where we continued on our successful course welcoming gain a new member, Anthi Vaseiliadou, the best person anyone could wish for to handle the finance end of our business.  Nevertheless, our stay there was short-lived: three years later we parted ways with Mr. Tsaldaris and, since such changes within are tantamount to changes without, we transferred to new offices on Deinokratous Street, establishing our business as Erasmus Ltd.  By then, our staff had increased to 17 members and prospects looked particularly auspicious. 

The years that follow are brimful of memories.  The new millennium finds us with our own accounting department headed by Nektaria Romanou and in the process of converting our company to a Societé Anonyme (SA).  In 2001, together with Ms. Nelli Koulouri and Ms Ifighenia Tambaki we found AirMaritime Erasmus Ltd in Thessaloniki.  At the beginning of the following year, "Naftemporiki”, the prestigious financial newspaper owned by the brothers Athanassiadis, shows up on our doorstep and becomes our company’s third major stockholder.  On December 17, 2002 and instead of engaging in the traditional exchanging of Christmas gifts, we give ourselves the gift of privately-owned offices in the Hilton Hotel area, at one of the most central spots of downtown Athens. 

In the years that follow, Erasmus acquires a cluster of 25 permanent cooperators and assumes the reins of leadership in the field of conference organizing where the high standards and highly specialized nature of our services are corroborated by the frequency of cooperation with our regular clients, by the trust our important clients bestow on us, and by the breadth and width of our activities.  Our crowning moment comes in October 2006 with the organization of the 15th Congress of EADV on the captivating island of Rhodes, with the congress playing host to over 12,000 participants and 130 exhibitors.  Not long after that, we are amply rewarded in the form of the prestigious ISO-9001 certification for the high quality of our services. 

In 2009, 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, in Noordwijk, Amsterdam, with great success. Ever since our list of conference organized abroad is ever growing with an average of 7 projects annually being organized by ERASMUS outside the Greek borders.

And here we are, all 25 of us, handling an average of 50 projects a year and doing what we do best: organizing and supporting conferences, tours, and travel from Alexandroupolis to Crete and from London to Cape Town, with a vision that is crystal-clear and brimming with optimism. 

Georgia Tsatsou
Co-owner & CEO

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