Aquila’s Company Fact Sheet

Year Founded 1982

Beth Kelly Hatt CTP, Founder

Danielle Timmons, Partner

Melanie Colpitts, Partner

Scope of Services

  • Aquila specializes in creating and sustaining tourism excellence. They do this by:
    • Delivering excellence in shore excursions, as they are the preferred tour operator of cruise lines in Saint John, New Brunswick
    • Coaching tour operators and destinations throughout the world through the Center for Cruise Excellence and their programs, which include Shore Excellence and Guide Excellence, and a new Tour Guide Excellence online program
    • Offering consulting services within the Tourism Industry on Trade Excellence, and a wide variety of other topics 
    • Offering Voluntouring Programs for travellers to Travel with Purpose and make a difference in destinations around the world
    • Chartering trolleys for conferences and events in Saint John, New Brunswick


Most Recent Awards and Accolades

  • Finalist, Business of the Year Award, Tourism Industry Association of Canada 
  • Beth Kelly Hatt, Mary Morton Award from Ontario Motorcoach Association
  • Beth Kelly Hatt, 25 People to Watch in Atlantic Canada, Progress Magazine
  • Award for Excellence in Human Resource Development, Tourism Industry Association of Canada
  • Port Award of the Year

For more on Aquila’s Awards and Accolades, click here.


Memberships and Accreditations

  • Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Hospitality Saint John
  • Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick 
  • Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia 
  • Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island
  • Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Florida Caribbean Cruise Association
  • Atlantic Canada Cruise Association


Media and Public Relations Contact
Beth Kelly Hatt or Melanie Colpitts
Aquila Tours Inc

PO Box 6895
Saint John, New Brunswick
Canada E2L 4S3
Phone: 506-633-1224
Fax: 506-658-0969
Email: melanie@aquilatours.com or beth@aquilatours.com

 

Testimonials

Our tour guide, Bonnie, was the best tour guide we have ever had on a Princess Cruise shore tour. Our shore excursion was Tuesday Sept. 29th and she provided us with the most insightful experience on the people, the culture, the history and the sights of Saint John, New Brunswick. We really appreciate the job well done by Bonnie.

Joseph S. Kramer

Cruise Guest

Outstanding tour to St. Martins. Fay Neilson, our guide, was tremendous! Chowder is good, scenery is awesome (we saw a moose), local art is enticing. Bring a hand towel to wipe sandy feet, or beach shoes for walking on rocky beach. We had a great time and highly recommend. The bus ride to St. Martins is a major part of this tour, so small, toddler-aged children who might be impatient to move might not find this tour the best option for them. Everyone else will love it!

Dan Whitney

Cruise Guest

Enjoyed our tour with Doreen and Aaron. It was super great - loved all the info and props. Wonderful tour!

Angie Anthony Mossburg

Cruise Guest

We had Bonnie as our tour guide and she was so knowledgeable, energetic, and wonderful! We learned so much! The reversing falls was amazing, and the chowder was to die for! It was a great package to see all the best of St. John's! Thanks again!!

Marianne Snaith

Cruise Guest