Manx businesses prepare for the return of Isle of Man TT after three years away

Video report by Joshua Stokes

Businesses across the Isle of Man are gearing up for the return of the TT races, as the iconic racing fortnight returns after three years away.

The Isle of Man TT is the most important time of the year for the hospitality sector, with over 40,000 tourists visiting the island to watch the races.

Both the TT and Festival of Motorcycling bring in a combined total of £31.7m to the wider Manx economy, according to a report into the last races in 2019.

For local food business Robinson's, they have been delivering the majority of food products to restaurants, hotels and pop-up food stalls in preparation for the event.

Janna Horsthuis, Managing Director of Robinson's said: "Our stock holding trebles during May and June and we're 24/7 delivering products out to the island - it's fantastic but it's hard work!"

Robinson's have been delivering thousands of products across the island in preparation for TT. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Due to the large increase in the number of people on the island, a number of pop-up accommodation options also emerge during the TT period.

One of those is the 'TT Village' created by Duke Travel which offers 168 temporary rooms in a field near to the Grandstand.

Speaking on the three-year wait for the event, Peter Duke said: "It's been a long battle to get here but customers still want to come to the TT".

The 'TT Village' is one of the various campsites based around the Island accommodating the thousands of tourists who travel to the Island. Credit: Duke Travel

A new addition to the entertainment this year will see many famous music acts playing at a new venue organised by 1886 Bar and Grill.

Performers include Jessie J, Rag n Bone Man, James Bay and The Darkness.

Also among the acts is Nile Rodgers and Chic who are due to perform during race week.

The Isle of Man TT starts on Saturday 28 May and runs through to Friday 10 June.

Racing is set to make its return after being cancelled for two consecutive years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.