The 2020 Isle of Man TT has been cancelled - updated Friday, 20th March
Friday, 20th March 2020
Five days ago, the 2020 TT Races were cancelled by the Isle of Man Government and since then the effect of Corona Virus on daily life here and worldwide has become more and more challenging.
Against this backdrop, the Isle of Man Government has promised financial support for local businesses and especially those in the travel and tourism sectors affected by the TT cancellation. We are told that tourism businesses involved in the TT and their customers are at the forefront of their considerations.
This week, Duke Travel has been in regular contact with our government representatives as well as the dozens of suppliers that contribute to the TT tourism supply chain to establish that travel, accommodation and services booked this year will still be available in 2021.
Concerning your travel booking, most tourism suppliers have already been fully or partially paid for their TT services and we have been establishing if they are prepared to move TT bookings forward to 2021 or refund all or part of the money received.
Details of the support that the Isle of Man Government can offer the industry are due to be announced next week and we shall assess the implications when we have the information.
We know that resolving this speedily is important for you, as it is for us, but until the picture is a little clearer we will have to ask you to bear with us for a while longer.
We are working on this as a matter of priority and will be in a position to give you more information by next Friday (27th) at the latest. Thank you once again for your patience at this difficult time.
Wednesday 17th March 2020
The cancellation of the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races has come as a blow to motorsport fans around the globe, but few would disagree with the Isle of Man Government's decision.
People's health must come first.
You can read the full statement here: TT Cancellation
Along with the cancellation of the races, the government has also introduced stringent entry requirements for visitors to the Isle of Man, including a 14-day mandatory self-isolation for anyone arriving by boat or plane.
On top of this, there's now advice in place to prevent Manx residents leaving the island on all but essential travel.
All of this is being done to reduce any pressure on the critical care system in the Isle of Man.
You will be aware we are all in a totally unprecedented set of circumstances caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, where so many elements of daily life are changing. Today the situation is different to yesterday, and tomorrow may change again.
As with everyone else affected by changes to events and travel we are in the process of working through the implications.
We are currently assessing the situation as it affects our customers. We are discussing the implications closely with our suppliers, and the Isle of Man Government.
However, due to the unprecedented nature of this situation we would ask that you please don’t contact us just now. The immediate need is to for us to have discussions with all our suppliers.
We will update this blog on Friday with more information.
We thank you for your patience and understanding at this very challenging time.