Following on from a successful TT and Southern 100, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is pleased to announce that forward bookings for the MGP fortnight are currently showing a 16% increase in the number of motorcycles booked to visit the Island.

In 2011, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company further cemented its commitment to the MGP Festival by sponsoring the Newcomers Race, which it will be continuing in 2012. The race will be taking place on Saturday 25th August and Commercial Director John Watt will be on hand to start the race and present the garlands on the podium.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘It’s fantastic to see passenger bookings increasing for the MGP Festival across the board. We’ve long supported the MGP, through offering discounted travel to competitors, marshals and paramedics and it’s great to see its popularity increasing.

‘Race Marshals are a vital part of both the TT and MGP festivals and for the fifth year running we have been encouraging volunteers to cover both events by offering significant savings on travel to the MGP for Marshals who have covered TT. We are all looking forward to a busy and safe MGP festival.’

The popular Concours D’Elegance, organised by the VMCC, is once again being held on Douglas Promenade on the 28th August. The winner will be presented with ferry travel tickets for a bike and two people for next year’s festival.