Meeting and Event Planning Specialists for Travel, Tourism, and Attraction

Founded in 1967, we are a boutique firm with over 55 years of executive search experience. The retained recruitment service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists.

Bristol Associates’ Travel, Tourism, and Attraction practice recruits within the Meeting and Event Planning segment of the industry. Our hospitality recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key meeting and event planning functions. We specialize in senior, executive, and management positions.

Simply put, placing top executives is what we do, and we know what makes a great leader. Below are just some of the qualities and skill sets in this discipline that we look for:

  • Success in planning, organizing, and coordinating logistics and operations of meetings and events
  • Utilizes reservation and revenue management systems to develop pricing and sales recommendations
  • Experienced in large-scale meeting planning or event management
  • Knowledgeable in the travel, tourism, and attraction industry’s current market trends
  • Organized and self-motivated leader with a strong attention to detail

Are you looking to hire exceptional talent with the skills listed above? Submit an employer inquiry and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon!

Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current openings.

Join the Many Travel, Tourism, and Attraction Companies That Have Filled Their Roles with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“We have retained Bristol Associates for multiple executive searches for nearly a decade. They are professional, responsive and proactive in generating candidates that meet our specifications. We have also been impressed with their ability to generate quality candidates across multiple disciplines, such as retail, food and beverage, hospitality and sales.”

Craig Freeman

Sr. Vice President, Administration, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

“Bristol Associates successfully completed two high-level talent searches for Pleasant Holidays. We found both their knowledge of the travel industry and their ability to provide highly qualified candidates with the right cultural fit to be extraordinary.”

Jack E. Richards

President and CEO, Pleasant Holidays

“I was amazed how quickly Bristol Associates identified 3 qualified and vetted senior executive candidates for me to interview from which we hired one of them. Very efficient indeed!”

Christopher J. Dane

President, Hickory Global Partners

“In our opinion, Bristol Associates is the leader for professional recruiting. The team has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the tourism industry. The company is very responsive and is able to match profiles with their extensive database of prospects. A strength is their ability to negotiate complicated transactions in a satisfactory manner to the employer and employee. We have no hesitation in recommending Bristol Associates, Inc.”

Dave Herbert, CTC

Chief Experential Officer, Great Safaris

Why Work with Bristol Associates?

Over 55 Years in Business

We have specialized in executive search since 1967, and are now in our 3rd generation of family ownership.


We have unrivaled industry knowledge in the areas in which we focus.

Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies. We pride ourselves in conducting our processes confidentially when necessary.

Network of Candidates

With over 1M+ relevant candidates in our private database, and growing every day, we have a strong network of senior-level talent across the board.


Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search.


Our exceptional lead recruiters each have at least 15 years’ of experience in executive search.

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Our Successful Travel, Tourism, and Attraction Meeting and Event Planning Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

District General Manager of Meeting Solutions

Our client is an international leader in the hospitality industry, specializing in handling all aspects of hospitality management for the headquarters and meeting facilities of America’s leading corporations. The District General Manager of Meeting Solutions is specific to one of the largest publicly traded companies in North America. They are responsible for the coordination of multiple business disciplines that include event planning, catering services, and audio-visual support to facilitate the execution of over 20,000 events and 27,000 caterings for over 1 million attendees annually, and the maintenance of over 3,000 conference spaces on the company’s campus. Total revenue exceeds $30 million. Our placed candidate also acts as the executive contact for clients and customers.

Vice President of Attraction Development

We were retained to search for a Vice President of Attraction Development for a privately-owned themed entertainment company that owns, operates, and manages several theme parks, attractions, and resort hotels. The position is responsible for the development of new guest experiences throughout the properties. Our placed candidate is in charge of leading the Creative Studio and their efforts in creating dynamic and innovative attractions, rides, retail experiences, and dining experiences, as well as developing concepts for special events and entertainment.

Deputy Director of Administration and Operations

We placed the Deputy Director of Administration and Operations for a leading owner of convention centers and stadiums. With over 1.7 million sq ft of meeting space and significant tourism infrastructure, the Center for this search is considered one of the finest meeting and convention destinations in North America. The position is responsible for the daily management and overall operations of the Convention Center. Our placed candidate also became involved in the strategic planning effort for the city as they contemplated general development and additional venues.

We Can Fill Your Meeting and Event Planning Roles in the Travel, Tourism, and Attraction Industry

  • Activity and Program Director
  • Banquet Director
  • Director of Conference and Events
  • Director of Conventions and Meeting Services
  • Director of Event Operations
  • Director of Event Planning
  • Director of Meetings and Events
  • Event Planning Manager
  • Facilities Planning and Special Projects Director
  • Global Meetings and Events Manager
  • Meeting and Event Planner
  • National Tourism Director of Cruises and Events
  • Senior Director of Meetings and Events
  • Senior Manager of Meetings and Events
  • Vice President of Conference and Events
  • Vice President of Event Operations
  • Vice President of Event Planning
  • Vice President of Meeting Services