2008 Inductee

Dr. Mark Bonn

Dr. Mark Bonn is the Professor of Tourism at the Dedman School of Hospitality in the College of Business at Florida State University and CEO of Bonn Marketing Research Group, Inc. Dr. Bonn is recognized as one of the top 10 tourism researchers internationally. He is frequently called upon to develop marketing plans for resorts and restaurants, service modules for hospitality employees and curriculum models requiring strategic and creative thinking. He has used entrepreneurial spirit and hard work to take a key leadership role in Florida’s own green movement to make Florida a premier green visitor destination.

“Dr. Mark Bonn has been on the frontlines of tourism, serving the industry through education and research,” said Richard Goldman, senior vice president of Amelia Island Plantation and past chairman of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors. “He is a remarkable man who recognizes challenges, identifies solutions, and pursues them with perseverance and passion. He has an extraordinary, meaningful legacy that is carried on by so many students who he inspired to become hospitality professionals. Members of the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame inspire all of us in Florida’s tourism industry to build legacies of our own.”