A Diagnose of Equestrian Tourism: The Case of France and Romania

Part of the Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management book series (THEM)


The equestrian tourism is a fast growing sector considered as a form of active recreation, of adventure tourism, ecotourism or nature-based tourism. The aim of this research is to analyze the equestrian tourism in France and Romania highlighting the potential of each country, in order to see how the experience of a country could be used by another one, how this kind of tourism contributes to sustainable development and how could be an ecotourism alternative. Secondary data provided from different sources like websites, books, articles, national strategies, reports etc. were analyzed. With a high-quality tourism activity, France plays an important role in organizing, developing and promoting equestrian tourism at national and international level. This requires a real equine sector, a structured tourism sector plus an environmental politic, all the actors working together in the framework of a will, at the highest level of State, to develop an economic segment which is already seriously developed in France. Although at the beginning, Romania tries to develop this kind of tourism despite of an inadequate equestrian infrastructure. The Romanian National Equestrian Tourism Committee needs to have the government support, and not only, to implement an equestrian tourism trail project, in link with protected areas, as an ecotourism solution. When comparing the two countries it is possible to bring to the fore the lacks in Romania but, more important, the possibilities of collaboration between the two countries for the benefit of both, thanks to the existing structures as the French Horse and Riding Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CraiovaCraiovaRomania
  2. 2.University of LilleLilleFrance
  3. 3.URePSSS (EA 7369), IRNISTLilleFrance

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