PSU’s Institute for New Hampshire Studies Wins N.H. Travel Tourism Research Contract for 23th Consecutive Year

July 26th, 2012 by blyndes

PLYMOUTH–When New Hampshire’s top travel and tourism officials need reliable information to bolster the state’s $4 billion dollar a year industry, they repeatedly turn to the experts at Plymouth State University’s Institute for New Hampshire Studies (INHS) for guidance. State officials recently announced they have awarded a two-year, $200,000 contract to INHS to conduct research for the N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as they have every year since 1990.  INHS director Dr. Mark Okrant said he is looking forward to working with public and private sector tourism officials in keeping the Granite State’s second largest industry healthy.

Dr. Mark Okrant, Director of Plymouth State University's Institute for New Hampshire Studies

“For 22 years, the Institute’s role has given Plymouth State students in the Tourism Management and Policy program the opportunity to work closely with the state’s tourism industry.  Case studies, speakers, internships, and employment opportunities are outcomes of holding this contract,”  said Okrant. “I take pride in the realization that the research provided by my colleagues and me has impacted directly upon the health of the state’s tourism industry, and indirectly upon the welfare of its citizens.”

Founded in 1975, the mission of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies is to advance knowledge about New Hampshire and its relationship to the New England region, through ongoing education and research. The Institute brings together the proficiencies of faculty from the social science disciplines, frequently applying an interdisciplinary approach. The Institute sponsors a minor in New Hampshire and Northern New England Studies and has hosted numerous workshops and field schools in related topics.

The Institute conducts a great deal of tourism research, including projects that support state and regional tourism marketing, as well as the development of tourism communities, accommodations and attractions, and historic properties.

Since 1990, INHS has conducted more than 150 individual projects for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD); tourism research contracts total approximately $1.5 million to date. The INHS online tourism data base is the state’s largest. These efforts have gained Plymouth State University a strong reputation as a tourism education and research center.

INHS projects and activities serve the state and New England region, in keeping with the educational mission of Plymouth State University and it’s commitment of outreach to the region..

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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