Mark J. Okrant

Mark J. Okrant

Professor Emeritus of Tourism Management

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


About Professor Okrant

Mark Okrant is professor emeritus and program coordinator for graduate studies in hospitality and tourism management. 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 eight 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, Murder at the Grands, An Icy Reception, and Whacked.

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

Graduate Course Taught

  • Understanding the Visitor Experience
  • Sustainable Destination Development
  • Tourism/Hospitality Internship

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