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).

Anne cut her teeth in event planning while serving on association boards including the Ontario Society for Training and Development (OSTD), the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the MBA Women’s Association.

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.

Move Out of the Box to Create Magical Events

Human beings tend to be creatures of habit. Event planners, who need to be open and creative when it comes to building great events, can get stuck in a rut. I know I do. Okay, I confess. I'll go to my favorite restaurants, year after year and order the same dishes. There's really nothing wrong more

Ensuring Timely Payments for Event Suppliers

One of the most troublesome post-event scenarios is having to assist hotels, resorts, event venues, and suppliers in chasing down payments. Not only does this cause unnecessary stress, there can be disputes about payments once an event is over. For example, if there is a last-minute cancellation more

Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico

For groups planning meetings in Mexico, one of the best kept secrets is the number of beautiful boutique, pasados, and haciendas that are perfect for meetings. These hidden gems can be found through out the country. I have been fortunate to spend the last 5 days in Morelos. Today, we'll look at more

Incentive Destinations: Zacatecas, Mexico

After I arrived in Zacatecas, Mexico a week ago to attend Feira de Turismo Cultural Mexico, 2015, my Facebook update read: I have been transported in to a dream world. One of Mexico's 50 Magic Towns, the Historic Center of Zacatecas in Central Mexico has been designated by UNESCO as a World more

5 Important Things to Clarify Before Signing a Contract

You've done your due diligence, scoped out what the client requires and identified a resort, event venue, or supplier that you feel fits the bill. Now, before signing on the dotted line, here are 5 important things to double check. Double check that your client's expectations of the hotel more

8 Ways to Discover the Magic of a Destination

Event and meeting planners often get so caught up in planning and executing for clients that they leave little time for their own R&R. Each destination has its own special magic. One way to re-charge your batteries is to spend some time in the evening, arrive a few days early or stay on at more

Managing Last Minute Participant Cancellations

No matter how carefully meeting and event planners prepare for meetings, conferences, and events, last-minute cancellations are often unavoidable. They happen for a number of reasons: accidents, illness, illness of a child, flight delays resulting in missed flight connections, and heavy more

Luxury Brands Opening New Hotels and Resorts in Mexico

As the cool weather is slowly returning to some areas of the Northern Hemisphere, many corporate groups are in the process of planning retreats, meetings, and incentive trips in the sun belt. Considering Mexico? With a number of new hotels and resorts opening there, the good news is that more

Incentive Destinations: The Alps, Jamaica

It's one of those unexpected places that catches you by surprise and takes your breath away. Just around the bend along a winding road and, suddenly, it's there before you. That is what happened to me a few weeks ago in Jamaica. You've heard of the famous Alps that stretch across Switzerland, more

8 Benefits of Incentive Travel

I am just back from an incentive trip I organized for a client. It got me thinking about the proven benefits of incentive travel, some of which can be measured in hard dollars, while others are less intangible (but nevertheless powerful): The Incentive Research Foundation study results revealed more
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