(20 April 2021) Figures released by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have again highlighted the continued popularity of world-class motorsport events in the Isle of Man.
The Company has revealed that 75 per cent of passengers due to travel during this year’s Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix period (21st August – 4th September) have transferred their bookings to next year.
More than 2,300 bookings were transferred to the 2022 festival period following last month’s announcement that the 2021 Isle of Man Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix would not go ahead due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, over 300 bookings for the travel period have been retained this year after the Steam Packet Company contacted all passengers affected with an automated process to either retain, transfer or cancel their booking.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: ‘Naturally it was disappointing when it was announced that this year’s Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix would not take place, although we fully understand the difficulties in organising events this year.
‘However, it is encouraging that the majority of our passengers have seamlessly transferred to the equivalent sailings for 2022.
‘I am also aware a number of travellers have retained their 2021 bookings, perhaps in the hope that travel restrictions will be relaxed, which also shows just how much people are looking forward to visiting the Isle of Man once more.
‘I would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while our Reservations Team worked with them and, of course, our hard-working staff for their efforts.
‘We look forward to welcoming back motorcycling fans and summer visitors to our Island in safer times.’