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Appeal to New Homestay Providers to register for TT, MGP and CYG 2011 8 November 2010

2011 is the year of the TT Mountain Course Centenary, Manx Grand Prix and the Commonwealth Youth Games which has prompted Isle of Man Tourism to bring forward the launch of their HOMESTAY scheme. This is a well-established initiative which has been designed to supplement registered accommodation in the Isle of Man such as hotels, guest accommodation and self-catering during these busy periods.

Isle of Man Tourism registered 670 properties for the TT and Manx Grand Prix periods in 2010 and this year they are appealing to more households to provide additional accommodation for visitors to include September’s Commonwealth Youth Games. Anyone wishing to register for the scheme is urged to do so early as a cut off date will be announced in due course.

The dates for the events next year are:

Geoff Corkish MBE, MHK, Political Member for Isle of Man Tourism, said:

‘The Homestay scheme is hugely popular with our visitors seeking accommodation at peak times when demand outstrips our hotel and guest accommodation availability. It is a great way for Manx residents to make guests feel at home away from home. This way they will have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of our Island and share our way of life.
‘Our Island is busy gearing up for the TT, Manx Grand Prix Festival and uniquely the Commonwealth Youth Games and it is most important that this greater demand for accommodation is met. Last year we had a last minute rush of people seeking to register their properties for Homestay and some applied during Practice Week and TT which was too late. We are keen for this not too happen again this year and I would urge anyone who would like to join the Homestay scheme to contact Isle of Man Tourism soon.’

He went on to say:

‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world. By offering Homestay you could give them a genuine warm Manx welcome and hopefully make lifetime friendships.’

Isle of Man Tourism wishes to stress that people accommodating paying guests in their homes have to be inspected by their officers before being accepted onto the scheme. It is an offence under the Tourist Act 1975 if you do not register your home and you are accommodating paying guests.

For more information contact Pippa Gilbert, Tourism Homestay Officer on 01624 686802 or email homestay@gov.im.

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