“Border restrictions for tourists should be discussed”


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Staycation provider thinks this is a ‘key debate’ to have

Discussions are due to take place around the Isle of Man border restrictions for tourists visiting the Manx coasts.

This is the conviction of the travel supplier Island Escapes as it continues its preparations to welcome visitors in 2022.

The company reports healthy bookings.

But director John Keggin says it’s hard to judge what next year will look like.

He and Sally Helwich, Isle of Man Events Director, spoke to Manx Radio:

Meanwhile, a private tour operator that welcomes more than a thousand visitors to the island each year said the government should “think bigger and better” to diversify the tourist offer that stimulates the local economy.

Former policeman Ged Power, who offers golf tours, believes officials are out of touch with the situation on the ground.

He calls for the creation of an “entertainment zone” that could put Douglas back on the map as a tourism hub.

Mr Power adds that areas where there are closed bars and restaurants could be redeveloped for tourists and locals to enjoy:

Elsewhere, MHK, Head of Visit Isle of Man, Rob Callister, said the chief minister must send a clear message that the Isle of Man is ‘open for business’ in 2022.

He says the last two years have been about survival, but believes that next year the tourism industry may rebound:

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