The number of visitors to the TT this year shot up, according to official government statistics released today (Tuesday).
The findings show:
*Almost 40,000 visitors came to the island for the TT in 2013, up 27 per cent on the comparable figure for 2010.
*On average, they stayed 6.5 nights and spent £668 on the trip – a total of £26.2 million.
This represents an economic benefit to the island of £18.9 million and a tax benefit of £3.5 million.
*The number of TT visitors in the island on any one day reached a peak of just over 25,000 on Sunday, June 2 (‘Mad Sunday’).
*Seventy-three per cent had been to the island previously for TT, and 24 per cent tend to visit for other events such as the Southern 100 and Manx Grand Prix.
The results are based on 6,160 interviews conducted with passengers leaving the island between Monday of practice week and Wednesday following Senior Race Day.
There will be more on this story in Thursday’s Manx Independent.