PSU’s Mark Okrant Releases Latest Book, No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise and Reprise of America’s Motels

April 8th, 2013 by blyndes


Plymouth, N.H.- The latest book by Plymouth State University Professor Mark Okrant, a successful author, nationally recognized expert in tourism research, and director of PSU’s Institute for New Hampshire Studies, will be released this spring. No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise and Reprise of America’s Motels, takes a critical look back at motels and their gradual disappearance from the tourism landscape. Okrant sets the scene with entertaining interviews of motel proprietors and people who took family vacations before the interstate system dominated the tourism landscape. Alarmed by the rate at which these properties are disappearing from the tourism landscape, Okrant conducted case studies along the old Boston Post Road, Route 66, the Las Vegas Strip, and other classic roads, searching for solutions. In the end, he offers a wide-eyed, yet optimistic view of how to keep these remnants of the 1950s and 60s from turning off their lights forever.

No Vacancy is the product of more than six decades as a motel patron, and at least half as many years of research,” Okrant said. “I grew up taking family vacations along the old US highways and state roads. Motels were a central part of incredible experiences with my parents and brother, and, later, with my wife and daughters. Something needs to be done to show others why they were important, and how many of them can be again.”

No Vacancy is intended to accomplish this, as are the numerous lectures and tours Okrant leads in traditional automobile touring locales.

The book is scheduled to be published this spring by Plaidswede Publishing, of Concord, New Hampshire, a leading publisher of New Hampshire and New England authors.

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

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