Mark J. Okrant

Mark J. Okrant

Professor of Tourism Management

BS, MS, Southern Connecticut State College; EdD, Oklahoma State University

Contact information

Rounds Hall, Rm 311
MSC #39

About Professor Okrant

Mark J. Okrant is professor of tourism management, and director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, at Plymouth State University. He has coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire since 1990, conducted tourism assessments in Aleut and Yupik communities in Alaska, and has presented tourism marketing and planning workshops in Alaska, Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Okrant was one of a handful of Americans nominated to the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism. He is past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), and past president of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL). He is the author of six books.


  • Judson’s Island, a murder mystery set along the Maine coast, used as a reader in university tourism planning courses
  • Sleeping Alongside the Road and No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America’s Motels—each provides a retrospective on the American motel industry
  • A murder mystery series, set at historic resorts: A Last Resort, I Knew You When, and An Icy Reception. Also, from the same series is a short story, Murder With a View.

Awards or recognition

  • 1998 recipient of the Association of American Geographers’ John Rooney Award, for excellence in applied tourism research
  • 2009 recipient of the NESTVAL Award for Lifetime Contribution to Geography
  • Citation from former governor Jeanne Shaheen, recognizing his efforts in tourism research and education on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Travel and Tourism
  • Tourism Planning & Development
  • Nature and Heritage Tourism
  • Tourism Marketing Analysis
  • Issues in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Community Research Experience
  • International Tourism Policy
  • Advanced Planning
  • Circumpolar North
  • Spatial Organization

To view Mark Okrant’s books, visit the Oak Manor Publishing Web site.