Press Room - Profile: Melanie Colpitts, Partner

Melanie Colpitts has been with the Aquila Team since she went looking for her first summer job in 1992, and landed the role of a Tour Guide. In the more than 25 years since, Melanie has been involved in every aspect of Aquila, from the motorcoach and travel learn markets to Aquila’s initiatives in the cruise market. Melanie was integral in the founding of Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence and the development of Aquila’s Tour Guide Excellence online training, and today, she works with Tour Guides, Tour Operators, and Cruise Destinations around the world to help them deliver excellence to the cruise industry.  

In her role as Director of Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence, Melanie develops and delivers training programs for stakeholders in the cruise industry. She puts her vast knowledge and expertise to work designing and leading workshops and consultations with tour operators, ports and destinations around the world, and she leads the delivery of Aquila’s International Tour Guide Excellence Certification Program. In the past year alone, she has worked with groups of Tour Guides in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Belize, Puerto Plata and the British Virgin Islands.

Melanie’s knowledge and expertise of Atlantic Canada’s Tourism Industry has led to significant experience in program development and delivery at home as well. Her work in Atlantic Canada has included the development and delivery of Port Readiness workshops for new and emerging ports, as well as customized workshops for ports and destinations on topics ranging from product development, market readiness, cruise visitor experience, and much more. She has worked extensively with the niche ports of the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, led the development of the Northern New Brunswick Cruise Strategy, and has been a panelist at events such as the Canada New England Cruise Symposium.

Melanie has also been a leader in Aquila’s own initiatives in the cruise market, and she has been instrumental in the development of Aquila’s successful operational and sales strategies that have resulted in significant growth for Aquila. She developed Aquila’s innovative Tour Guide training program, which has resulted in their guides being named best in the world by Dream World Cruise Destination magazine on five occasions. Her influence has also reached beyond Aquila. Melanie’s involvement in the Bay of Fundy Cruise Partnership and her knowledge about increasing destination awareness – from involving all distribution channels to aligning the development of new tour products – led to significant cruise growth for the Saint John region to its current position of fourth busiest cruise port in the country.

Melanie is actively involved in the tourism community in Atlantic Canada, as well as in her own community of Saint John, having served on the boards of ACCA, TIANB, ACTP Marketing Committee, Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, and the Harbour Lights Campaign.

Testimonials

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

The tour guide was fantastic. Highly recommend a tour with Mr. Ian Patrick. He knows things inside-out and gave a fantastic and very interesting tour.

George Turiansky

Cruise Guest

I just want to let you know that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour through Saint John on October 2nd with Linda and Ken. Ken was a wonderful driver and Linda was informative and funny.

Dane and Sue Till

Cruise Guests

We took the St Martins and Bay of Fundy tour in October 2019, Phyllis was our tour guide and is a wealth of information and a lot of fun to interact with. I had been to the Bay of Fundy previously but I got more information about the Bay and local areas than I ever dreamed of. Her knowledge really made the tour, she is a "keeper".

George & Judy Colajezzi

Cruise Guests