Karla Hatfield

Title: Travel Advisor, Branch Partner
Branch: Burnside
Branch Address: Unit 140 Cambridge Centre, 202 Brownlow Avenue
Phone: (902) 468-8747
Email: khatfield@maritimetravel.ca

An Interview With Karla Hatfield

How many years have you been selling travel?

I have been selling travel for over 20 years in a couple of different roles, which has given me a great experience to see different sides of the travel industry. My career started out doing Incentive Travel.  I worked for a company that would be hired to movtivate and "Incentivize" employees, which culminated in group travel.  The actual travel was just a piece of the job.  We would have to plan and execute a marketing plan for each group/trip, which could include monthly mail out "teasers".  Most of the larger groups would also have a kick off party to announce winners of the trip and also to announce the next years destination.  This was definitely a fun and creative way to start out in travel. In my next role, I joined Maritime Travel  where I stayed for 13 years, selling travel as a leisure consultant, then as a Branch Partner and finally as the Branch Mananger.  I was also involved in the Train the Trainer program, where I would help train new staff, do upgrade training and was also a Beta Tester for new products and systems for Maritime Travel.  After being in the branch, I worked at our Head Office to do some behind the scenes work for 3 years. I left Maritime Travel for a short time, but since I'm a Maritime Travel lifer, I returned to Maritime Travel at The Halifax Shopping Centre branch in July 2012.

What are your hobbies?

Of course, I love to travel but outside of that I love to read and spend time with my family at the cottage.  As a mom, my sons hobbies have become my hobbies...if you can call being a chauffeur a hobby!

What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?

When I'm away at a resort destination, it's all about relaxing and lounging by the pool.  I enjoy taking in the shows and participating in the water activities as well.  If there's a water slide, you'll definitely find me there!

What are your favorite destinations?

For a sun destination, I'm very partial to the Mayan Riviera.  I love the quality of the resorts and food.  Plus I love the excursions that are available at this destination. Everywhere I've travelled in Europe I have loved.  I want to go back to Italy and spend some more time exploring. 

What languages do you speak?

English is my only language, although I'm getting good at ordering wine in a number of languages :)!

Do you have a family? and if so what type of family travel have you done?

I have a son who is a fan of travelling.  So far we have only done sun/resort vacations, but the next big trip will be to Europe.  I love that he is interested if exploring the history and culture of other countries.

Places I've Been

  • Canada
    • Alberta
    • Atlantic Canada
    • British Columbia
    • Central
    • Eastern
    • Western
  • Cruise
    • Carnival Cruise
    • Eastern Caribbean
    • Sun Cruises
    • European River Cruising
    • River Cruising
    • Avalon Waterways
  • Europe
    • Austria
    • Coach Tours
    • Contiki
    • Czech Republic
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Hungary
  • Great Britain
    • Ireland
  • South America
    • Venezuela
  • Sun (Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii)
    • All Inclusives
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Costa del Sol
    • Cuba
    • Disney
    • Dominican Republic
    • Florida
    • Hedonism
    • Jamaica
    • Mexico
    • Superclubs
  • United States
    • Boston
    • Florida
    • Las Vegas
    • New Orleans
    • New York

Travel History