For the second year running, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is encouraging race marshals to cover both the TT and the Manx Grand Prix 2009.

The incentive, which was developed by the Company following liaison with the Department of Tourism & Leisure, offers significant savings on MGP ferry fares for visiting marshals who also travel with the company to cover the TT.

The discounts available are:

• A marshal paying a MGP ferry fare of £200 or less will receive a refund of 50%
• For ferry fares of more than £200, the refund will be a maximum of £100

Marshals signing on for the TT 2009 will be given an MPG discount form which they must retain and complete prior to taking it to the Ferry Travel Shop in the Sea Terminal, Douglas, during the Manx Grand Prix period.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward explained: “Both the TT and MGP depend on volunteer visitor marshals to supplement the local marshals. As the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company plays such a large role in the TT and MGP festivals, bringing the majority of tourists, racers and marshals to the Island, we are delighted to provide an incentive that is of real benefit to the races as well as to individuals. It also helps to ensure both events have sufficient marshals, which clearly makes for better festivals for all involved.”

The good news comes as passenger numbers for this year’s TT are slightly up, compared to the forward bookings for TT 2008 at the same time last year.

Mr Woodward said: “If bookings continue at the same rate as we experienced last year we expect there will be around a 5 per cent increase in motorbikes. This will mean there will be about 10,000 motorbikes descending on the Island at the end of next month! This is a creditable result given the economic situation and reflects the ongoing popularity of the event.”

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Notes for editors:

No discount is available for visiting marshals who travel to only one event.

Discounts cannot be requested in advance of travel and can only be claimed during MGP 2009.