Naissance d’un cluster touristique équin ? L’exemple de Saumur (France)

Abstract : The equine sector benefits from a well-developed industry in France, with which it encourages the dynamics of endogenous growth in specific areas, by strengthening their attractiveness. In this context we will look at the emergence of an equine cluster, and its ability to generate an equine tourism cluster, by analyzing the case of the town of Saumur. This town is in fact both nationally and internationally renowned as a “riding capital” due to a solid network of private companies linked to the sector, as well as specific public institutions. It is also listed as being part of an international tourism hub. These characteristics will most likely contribute to the emergence of a Saumur equestrian tourism cluster. To find out, we will firstly look at the definition of such clusters, to examine the ability of the Saumur area to fit this model thanks to its activities linked to equestrian training, leisure and competitions. To conclude, we will study the ability of this concentrated economy to create for itself a “horsy” image, so allowing the common development of an equestrian tourism cluster.
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Cécile Clergeau, Sylvine Pickel-Chevalier, Philippe Violier, Gwenaëlle Grefe. Naissance d’un cluster touristique équin ? L’exemple de Saumur (France). Mondes du tourisme, Paris: Éd. touristiques européennes, 2015, Cheval, tourisme et sociétés / Horse, tourism and societies, pp.188-204. ⟨www.mondesdutourisme.com⟩. ⟨hal-01572273⟩

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