After two years without a TT, the Isle of Man is preparing for the return of the event in 2022. This year’s TT is currently scheduled to start on Saturday May 28 and run until Saturday June 11 – and organisers, participants and fans are all busy getting ready. The last TT took place in 2019 and the Isle of Man government reported that over 46,000 visitors came to the island that year, the highest number since IOM started holding such statistics.
Attendees to the IOMTT come mainly from neighboring UK, although visitors also arrive from other places. Either way, though, all those thousands of visitors have at least two things in common: a love for motorbike road racing and a need for somewhere to stay while they’re at the TT. This is one of the reasons why the Isle of Man Department of Enterprise is encouraging homeowners on the island to apply for its Homestay scheme for 2022.
Under current IOM Homestay Scheme Terms and Conditions, hosts who meet the criteria and pass a brief home inspection are covered by the island’s £5million guest liability insurance. To sweeten the pot even further, owners can also win up to £1,800 (about $2,443) in tax-free income from their guests. In 2019, around 950 homes signed up for the program and hosted over 4,000 visitors in total.
As of February 1, 2022, more than 500 people have registered to host homestay guests at this year’s event, and the Department for Enterprise hopes to encourage more. Although camping, glamping, hotels, guesthouses and other accommodations all play an important role in looking after TT visitors during their stay, it is the homestay participants who provide a unique visitor experience, says the DfE.
Those who signed up to host homestay guests at the canceled 2020 and 2021 events have already been postponed to 2022, according to Visit Isle of Man agency manager Angela Byrne. She told the BBC the agency hopes to reach 2019 turnout levels. Of course, it’s hard to predict how resident sentiment might change due to the ongoing global pandemic, so only time will tell. they will achieve this goal.