Mark J. Okrant

Professor Emeritus of Tourism Management

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

Mark Okrant is professor emeritus of tourism management and policy. He coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire for more than 25 years, conducted tourism assessments for the State of Alaska, and provided workshops and other research for Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. 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 numerous published books and monographs.

  • 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 tourism resorts and popular tourism communities in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico.

To view Mark Okrant’s books, visit the Plaidswede Publishing web site.

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
  • Citations from Governor Jeanne Shaheen (2000) and Governor Maggie Hassan (2016) recognizing his contributions to tourism research and education
  • 2016 recipient of the Dick Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the New Hampshire Travel Council