Operations 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 Operations segment of the industry. Our hospitality recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key operations 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:

  • Experience in specific operational disciplines
  • Track record of meeting or exceeding targets through planning and time management
  • Expertise developing strategies that enhance revenue and control expense
  • Works with business partners to identify, develop, and implement solutions for improved performance
  • Maintains positive relationships with all stakeholders, including owners, investors, managers, and employees
  • An unyielding commitment to customer service and guest experience

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.

Partner with Bristol Associates

Our Successful Travel, Tourism, and Attraction Operations Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back


A North American subsidiary of a large multi-national tour company with multiple brands and destinations was our client for this successful search. They retained us to search for their President to lead their youth travel division. Our placed candidate has a strong understanding of the demographics and psychographics of young adults, ages 18-35.

Chief Operating Officer

Our client, located in the Eastern United States, operates a consortium of leading leisure travel agents. We were selected to identify top industry talent for this highly visible position. Our placed candidate reports to a Governing Board and has full operations responsibility.

Vice President of Operations

We placed the VP of Operations for a direct travel marketer with product lines including hotel cruise vacations, escorted tours, and adventure travel itineraries. The position oversees the operations of the company. Our placed candidate has strong attention to detail and prior experience with workforce scheduling.

We Can Fill Your Operations Roles in the Travel, Tourism, and Attraction Industry

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Corporate Director of Operations
  • Corporate Vice President
  • Director of Air Programs
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of People Operations
  • Executive Business Planning and Operations
  • Executive Director
  • Executive Vice President
  • General Manager (GM)
  • Managing Director
  • President
  • Regional Director of Operations
  • Senior Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Operations and Finance