Press release | October 26, 2022
The Department of Enterprise has today confirmed the final 2023 Isle of Man TT racing schedule.
The 2023 Isle of Man TT races will run from Monday 29th May (Bank Monday which includes a full day of qualifying) to Saturday 10th June, with the first race on Saturday 3rd June. The senior TT race is now scheduled to take place on Saturday June 10th.
The Isle of Man Government has also confirmed that although Senior Race Day has now been moved, Friday June 9 will remain a public holiday which will be known as ‘TT Bank Holiday’. A full copy of the schedule is available at www.iomttraces.com
The new 10-race calendar for 2023 will hopefully promote the long-term sustainability of the event, providing a range of benefits including:
- Increase overall visitor numbers and economic benefits by creating two long weekend options for visiting fans, most of whom prioritize holidays when deciding to attend events.
- Filling accommodation capacity towards the end of the race schedule, which will give visitors greater flexibility and further benefit accommodation providers where currently over 65% of fans have left before the Senior TT.
- Reduce the length of race days, reduce the impact on residents and reduce the demand for volunteers and officials, including marshals, crews and competitors.
- Improved offer for racing fans with more races and both offer Superbike races positioned during prime time (weekend afternoons).
The Department’s decision to move forward with the timeline was made based on extensive research previously conducted, including two separate public consultations, as well as clearly identified benefits that align with the overall strategy and mission. of the TT” to deliver a sustainable world-class TT that increases the economic benefits for the Isle of Man.
Tim Crookall MHK, political member in charge of tourism and motorsport: I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our research over the past few years, including those who took the time to contribute to the public consultations. I firmly believe that the confirmed 2023 schedule will bring a number of long-term benefits to the event and the Isle of Man.
The TT returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus and ushered in significant changes intended to move the event forward into a new era of success. The new calendar is a key piece of this puzzle and opens up greater potential for more visitors to come to our island and experience the event at a time when it is attracting new audiences around the world with broadcast content and increased distribution.
Lawrie Hooper MHK, Minister for Enterprise: The TT 2023 schedule was developed following a great deal of research and stakeholder feedback. This research revealed that the existing TT schedule, the travel capacity of the island, the accommodation infrastructure of the island, the costs taken into account in relation to the current economic climate and the changing habits of customers are no longer compatible and do not meet the needs of event customers.
Given these clear challenges identified in the research and TT’s overall strategy, the new schedule for 2023 is a proactive step to support visitor growth and offers clear benefits to local businesses and the economy. The island’s current TT capacity is limited to around 28,000 visitors at a time, with the current visitor curve highlighting pressures on infrastructure mid-weekend. In its simplest form, the new calendar aims to maintain current visitor numbers while promoting growth. We expect this new schedule to encourage new visitor patterns and capitalize on capacity, resulting in an additional 50,000 overnight stays over time, which would represent an additional expenditure on the island of £6 million.
A full copy of the schedule can be found here: www.iomttraces.com
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