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 efforts.
The Institute conducts innovative education, research, and outreach in topic areas including tourism, archaeology, and regional history. Institute projects support state and regional tourism marketing efforts, heritage preservation, as well as the planning and development initiatives of communities, accommodations, and attractions.
Since 1990, INHS has maintained the state’s tourism data base and conducted tourism research for numerous clients including the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD). INHS facilitates tourism development programs including the Joint Promotional Program and Tourism Development Toolkit Series. INHS staff are instrumental to academic programs including the B.A. in Tourism Management and Policy, as well as the new Hospitality Management Certificate. Mark Okrant, director of the Institute, has conducted research and workshops in Alaska, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Romania, earning Plymouth State University an international reputation as a tourism research and education center.