Florida has an equestrian lifestyle community. Others think of it as an ideal place to be, especially if you are a horse lover. The horse industry has made a significant impact on the state’s local economies by hosting several events. The hospitality industry of Florida surely won’t forget how horses and equestrians help improved their economy.
Thousands of horses were shipped to Florida from December to mid April. Those horses participate in various competitions organized globally. Together, they arrived with trainers, supporters, and the entourage of riders and families that often make the trip as well. This, in turn, increases hotel and restaurant accommodations and product purchases. Besides enjoying the equestrian community, people also visit beautiful beaches, theme parks, and local concerts in Florida.
The state’s hospitality industry is reaping the benefits of the warm-weather condition, and other economy factors are also benefitting as well. Guests and shoppers make huge purchases of products, services, and bills. Most of them are regular customers as they visit Florida yearly.
The State’s Efforts towards Equi-Tourism
The Florida Horse Park, together with the Foundation for Florida Horse Park, announced in a press conference on May 22, 2014, the launch of a $2 million capital to make improvements and expansions at the Florida Horse Park located in Ocala. The park offers state-of-the-art competition courses and world-class events, engaging top competitors from all horse sport disciplines. The park is becoming more popular for families on holidays as well.
The park was built by the Florida’s legislature in 1996, recognizing the contribution of the horse industry to Marion County. It is situated in the most ideal area in the U.S. perfect for an equestrian facility.
Florida governor Rick Scott made the major funding campaign possible by signing on the General Appropriations Act, designating a $2 million to the park. The park hosts various equestrian and non-equestrian events yearly and is an ideal location for local and international competitions. The foundation aims to raise money and promote the park as it represents the State of Florida to tourist markets and equestrians around the world. With the assistance from the state and the community of Marion County, the park is expected to create a positive, large scale impact on Florida’s economy.