Our Travel, Tourism & Attractions Division conducts executive searches within cruise line, theme parks, amusement parks, family entertainment centers and water park companies. Senior Vice President Kelly Nelson and Vice President Catia Pecoraro lead our Hospitality & Travel Divisions.

Bristol Associates recruits for key executive positions within the following areas:

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“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 & beverage, hospitality and sales.”

Craig Freeman

Senior VP, Administration, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

“Bristol Associates successfully completed two high-level talent searches for Pleasant Holidays recently. 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 & 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

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Division Leaders


Kelly Nelson

Senior Vice President
Kelly Nelson joined Bristol Associates in 1995 with initial responsibility for the firm’s long standing Hotel Industry Practice. Kelly currently specializes in executive search within the Hospitality industry, including Hotels & Resorts, Travel & Tourism, Theme Park & Attractions, and Facilities & Concessions.


Catia Pecoraro

Vice President
Catia Pecoraro has over 12 years of executive recruitment experience in the global hospitality industry, specializing in the strategic placement of directors, senior, and C-level executives, as well as culinary leaders within hotels, resorts, casinos, and restaurants around the world.


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