The Department for Enterprise has granted official partner status to three local companies to offer travel and accommodation services to visitors to the Isle of Man for the TT Races and Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in 2019.
VisitIOM.co.uk, owned and operated by Mann Link Travel Ltd, Freedom Travel Isle of Man, and Terrific Travel Ltd, a company developed by Duke Marketing, were successful in their applications for licenses to provide official travel and accommodation services for the TT Races and Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling.
The three companies replace Regency Travel who had been responsible for travel and accommodation services for the TT and Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling since 2009.
The new travel and accommodation partners will fulfil enquiries from customers, liaise with travel operators and provide and maintain online bookings for a worldwide customer base. They will also provide customers with the facility to purchase tickets for Official TT and Classic TT experiences including VIP Hospitality and Grandstand tickets.
Rob Callister MHK, Political Member at the Department with responsibility for Tourism and Motorsport, said:
'It's great to see three strong local companies awarded official partner status for TT travel and accommodation services. Their proposals demonstrated the potential to deliver a quality visitor experience for both festivals and a clear understanding of the event and what is on offer to visitors.
'The three partners will work with the Department to encourage people to visit the Island by developing competitive travel packages and providing accessible customer support to ensure that their customers have a positive and enjoyable experience in the Isle of Man.'
The three partners will market official travel packages for the TT and Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in 2019 under an official licence agreement.