Welcomes Author Mark Okrant’s ‘NH Travel Guru’

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Mark Okrant, the NH Travel Guru is proud to welcome a new columnist/author to our talented group – Mark Okrant – who writes our latest column NH Travel Guru.

Watch for NH Travel Guru every Sunday along with links to the best calendar of events to plan your adventures for the week to come.

NH Travel Guru offers concise, informative insight into New Hampshire’s travel and tourism industry as a business while showcasing the people and places you want to know about. This guy’s really been around.  And he’s funny, too.

Mark Okrant

Okrant has earned his reputation as a travel and tourism guru. As a professor emeritus at Plymouth State University, he applied his élan and experience as a tourism researcher and educator for four decades—in New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota, Alaska, Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

His experience includes coordinating tourism research for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development for 26 years. He is a past president of the prestigious Travel and Tourism Research Association.

The NH Travel Guru is part of’s nonprofit mission to give voice to overlooked people, places and ideas.

“I’m very happy Mark Okrant is bringing his experience in the business of travel and tourism to,” said executive editor Nancy West. “The industry is very important to New Hampshire’s economy and Mark really knows how to inform and entertain in the NH Travel Guru.”

Bookmark on your phone and computer so you don’t miss it.  Contact to underwrite this column.

Okrant is the author of nine books, numerous journal articles, more than 100 monographs on tourism, marketing and planning, and is a frequent contributor to El Coqui, a popular west coast Puerto Rico tourism magazine.

He has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the 2016 Dick Hamilton Award from the New Hampshire Travel Council, and two New Hampshire governors’ commendations for his work as a tourism researcher, educator, and author.

Okrant’s Kary Turnell tourism mystery series places his lead character in crime scenes at historic resorts and communities; several of these are set in New Hampshire. Visit to learn more.

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