The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is reporting a healthy increase in forward bookings for this year’s TT.

On a like-for-like basis in comparison to this time last year, forward bookings for motorcycles are up 7% while passenger forward bookings show an increase of 10%.

It is important to note that with just under three months to go to the world-famous event, these figures will change and it will not be until the event is over that final figures can be released. However, the indications at this stage are that 2011 will show an increase on 2010 figures. Around 10,300 bikes travelled to the event last year.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘With 2011 being the centenary of the Mountain Course, this may be having an impact on forward bookings at this stage.

‘The TT is such a popular event that bookings for peak sailings are always made many months in advance. Despite the economic downturn, it is encouraging to see that the Isle of Man TT still commands an enviable position in the race calendar and attracts so many fans to the Island.

‘The introduction of Manannan two years ago was welcomed by race fans and has ensured that they can travel in spacious and comfortable surroundings. It is also encouraging to note that our “TT Taster” offer is once again attracting fans at less busy times of the festival when they may be able to enjoy the TT atmosphere at a slightly more leisurely pace. This offer also aims to assist the accommodation sector by attracting TT fans at times when accommodation is more readily available.’