Survey Shows Isle Of Man Visitor Increase
ISLE OF MAN – A study by the Isle of Man Government’s Treasury Economic Affairs Division (EAD) into the contribution that the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling makes to the Island’s economy has shown an increase in visitors of approximately 50 percent over a four-year period.
The Treasury originally surveyed the Manx Grand Prix in 2009 before replicating the study this year at the inaugural Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling which included the newly created Classic TT, the Manx Grand Prix, the VMCC Festival of Jurby and the Classic and Two Day Trials.
The research revealed an overall increase in visitors to 13,407 for the August event, compared to 8915 in 2009. The study showed that these visitors spent a total of £8.4M compared with £4.9M in 2009 and that this is contributed £1M to the Exchequer.
While there was a significant 37 percent increase in all forms of sea passengers – foot, motorcycle and other vehicles – the notable increase was in air traffic, which was up 172 percent to 2,346 this year from 860 during the same period in 2009.
Figures supplied by Ronaldsway airport show that the air traffic growth was particularly significant in the last year, with a reported 11.6 percent increase in visitors compared with the same period in 2012. A total of 33,792 passengers 2013 traveled to Ronaldsway between Aug. 17-30, 2013 compared with 30,254 passengers between Aug 18-31, 2012.
As with 2009, the majority of visitors were from England (80 percent) with campsites (31 percent) proving the most popular type of accommodation although 20 percent of visitors were revealed to have stayed in hotels.
“The survey has given the department some excellent data in measuring the work that has been carried out over the last four years to generate more visitors to the August Motorcycling Festival,” said Laurence Skelly MHK, the Political Member responsible for motorsport at the Department of Economic Development.