|Keywords:||Cuba; Trinidad; Equestrian Tourism; Carrying Capacity; Animal Welfare; Social Sciences; Other Social Sciences; Samhällsvetenskap; Annan samhällsvetenskap; Tourism Management Programme, 180 credits; Turismprogrammet, 180 hp; Tourism Studies; Turismvetenskap|
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This Minor Field Study, sponsored by SIDA, undertaken as a Bachelor´s Thesis investigates equestrian tourism in Trinidad, Cuba. Tourism has become a vital tool for development of the destination. Since the legalization of equestrian excursion, horses have become a link between less developed areas and the profit from tourism. The income from equestrian excursions is vital for people's livelihood. A rapid increase of excursions due to low entry barriers have led to varying quality. Equestrian excursions in Trinidad face challenges concerning horses’ welfare and safety. When the equestrian tourism is growing, it is crucial that the development is sustainable to ensure this vital income in the future. A number of critical factors were identified and solutions presented involve planning for carrying capacity, industry coordination, raising producer awareness and integrating animal welfare in the community.