November 3, 2000
Mark J. Okrant, professor of geography at Plymouth State College, received an official Commendation from Governor Jean Shaheen for “all that he has done to promote travel and tourism in New Hampshire.”
Okrant has coordinated all toursim research for the N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism since 1990. As director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at PSC, Okrant conducts tourism and planning research for numerous communities, resorts and state agencies. He is also the founding editor of The New England Journal of Travel and Tourism and was elected President of the Travel and Tourism Research Association, an international association of travel research and marketing professionals, in July.
At PSC, Okrant specializes in tourism development on the community scale, teaching courses in tourism marketing and development, community planning and population dynamics — required courses for the PSC bachelor’s in geography travel and tourism degree option.
His novel Judson’s Island, a murder mystery set in New England, addresses the impact of tourism development on coastal communities.