The FITE in a mission in Morocco

A cooperation in favour of equestrian tourism

The FITE on a mission in Morocco: since October 2020, the FITE is involved in a project to develop equestrian tourism in the region of Fez-Meknes in Morocco. The objective of this decentralized cooperation is to accompany the Fez-Meknes region and the various stakeholders of this territory in :

  • the creation,
  • the professionalization,
  • and the diffusion of an equestrian route of 180 kilometers. 

Alongside the Fédération Internationale de Tourisme Equestre (FITE), the project also brings together the NETO France, the Centre-Val de Loire region, the Centre-Val de Loire Regional Equitation Committee (CRE CVL), the Fez-Meknes region, the Pays de Grande Sologne and the Ifrane National Park, a veritable Moroccan "green lung" renowned for its attractiveness and its impressive natural resources.

Several discussions with the partners

A delegation composed of the FITE and the ONTE France went to Morocco at the end of March in the province of Ifrane to meet with Moroccan stakeholders and make a state of play of the project progress. 

The delegation met:

  • Hakima BEL-KASSAOUI, Vice-president of the Fès-Meknès Region,
  • Meryem OUDAANI, Ifrane Provincial delegate of tourism,
  • Mohammed MOUKHLISS, Director of the Ifrane National Park,

as well as managers of equestrian establishments:

  • Azzedine MSEFER, President of the Equestrian center Ain Amyer of Fez,
  • Omar JAID, Manager of the equestrian center Atlas Crown,
  • Mbarek ZEMMARI, Manager of the Vallon Vert.

The delegation was accompanied by Anas ANSARI, head of the International Cooperation Department at the Fez-Meknes Region and Maëva LE GUIDEC, in charge of monitoring the cooperation between the Fez-Meknes Region and the Centre-Val de Loire Region. 

FITE's support

"The FITE, with its experience and its work accompanies the Moroccan partners for structuring their project of equestrian tousim development" said Frederic Bouix, President of the FITE, at the end of this visit in Morocco.

The next work steps are:

  • the development of tourism and of the local economy,
  • la sensibilisation et la protection de l’environnement,
  • with as a major asset the Arabian horse, emblematic breed of the country and horse of excellence for equestrian tourism. 
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