Posts by Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A.,  @executiveoasis has  been blogging for Cvent Blog 5 times a week since May, 2011.

Anne is the President of Executive Oasis International, a Toronto team building and management consulting firm specializing in team building retreatsexecutive retreatsteam building and corporate event planning. She has designed and delivered programmes for executives, managers and professionals from 16 countries.

Executive Oasis International offers services in Canada, USA, the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, the Grenadines, St. Lucia),  Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy), and Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan).

Editorial Calendar:

  • Monday: Business Meetings 411 Tips for taking Meetings, Conferences, and Team Building to the Next Level
  • Tuesday: Incentive Destinations Destination Specific Event Planning Tips/Mini Destination Profiles
  • Wednesday: Corporate Event & Meeting Venues
  • Thursday: Corporate Event Challenges & Solutions
  • Friday: Corporate Events  Creative Event Ideas, Eye Popping Events & Exhibits, Planner Smarts, Breaking News, What's New, What's Hot (including team recreation, hot trends, tools, gifts & gadgets)

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

About Anne Thornley-Brown

Anne Thornley-Brown has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada.  She shaped the management development strategy for two major Canadian corporations.

Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non-profit sector, and film and television. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops and team building for over 2000 executives, managers and professionals. She has worked with a number of clients from Gulf (GCC) countries in the Middle East.

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The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

Incentive Destinations: U.S. Virgin Islands

For corporate groups seeking a sun destination where Americans can travel without a passport, U.S. Virgin Islands, one of 6 inhabited U.S. unincorporated territories, is definitely a destination worth considering. With many direct flights from continental U.S., these tropical Caribbean islands more

Meetings 411: 6 Tips for Quick Set-up

If it seems that set-up time is shrinking, you're not imagining it. Whether you're planning off-site or onsite meetings, space is often at a premium. With back-to-back meetings booked at popular venues, unless a client is willing to pay to to ensure early access to meeting rooms, set-up is more

5 Ways to Keep Venues Warm During Winter Events

Clearly the winter chill isn't going to let up any time soon. Even areas that don't normally get winter are experiencing colder-than-normal temperatures. So, for event planners, it's important to develop creative ways of staying warm. Whether you are heating a lounge, patio, tent, or outdoor more

Bespoke Events and Experiences Essential in Internet Age

In the past, many clients arranged and paid for group excursions for foreign retreats and incentive trips. The benefit of this approach is that shared experiences can be a time of bonding. The downside is that no matter what group activity is selected, it won't appeal to some participants. more

Escape the Winter Chill in an Urban Tropical Oasis Venue

During the first 2 weeks of February, 2015, a number of urban centers in North America registered the coldest temperatures on record in 21 years. Fortunately, despite the bone-chilling temperatures, event planners can still give guests a welcome break from the deep free. Here are 4 event venues more

Incentive Destinations: Costa del Sol, Spain

Today, I'll shine a spotlight on a destination that is easily accessible for Cvent's readers in Europe...Costa del Sol in Spain. Flight time to Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport in Malaga is under 3 hours from London, 2-1/2 hours from Paris, and 3-1/2 hours from Berlin. Located on the southwestern coast more

The Academy Awards: 5 Take-aways for Employee Appreciation Events

Through the Academy Awards, Hollywood gives recognition and celebrates the accomplishments of the talented artists and professionals that create the magic we see on our screens. All the stops are pulled out to create this annual star-studded event. There are a number of take-aways that more

Chinese New Year Inspiration for Event Planners

Gong Xi Fa Chai! Chinese New Year is a time of year I remember with fondness. (During my first trip to Asia, I landed in Kuala Lumpur a few days before Chinese New Year. I still remember the lanterns, lights and mesmerizing red decorations.) Chinese New Year marks the celebration of the Lunar more

10 Ways for Meeting Planners to Recharge After Events

You've worked for months or maybe even years to pull together an event. It's over and you're feeling it...a mix of exhaustion and exhilaration. Even if an event went incredibly well, it's not unusual for a touch of melancholy to set in. It's normal and nothing to worry about. It's just your body' more

How to Find Urban Hotels with Top Notch Service for Meetings

For local meetings, an urban oasis with exceptional service standards is an event planner's dream. A central location, accommodating staff, and, most of all, service, add up to the ease of event planning and guest comfort. There are two methods of determining the best hotels for service: The more
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