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 Steam Packet's Record Drop in Passengers

Passenger figures for the Steam Packet were down dramatically in the month of May as a result of the TT being cancelled. Passenger traffic for May 2001 was 5% down on last year but vehicle traffic was down a massive 28% compared with May 2000. Despite this blow, the passenger figure for the whole year is still slightly up by 0.9% although vehicle traffic is down 6.2% for the year. A Steam Packet spokesman said 'This is entirely down to the cancellation of the TT races, a decision which was entirely out of our control'.

The Steam Packet is leading a major media campaign, backed by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure, aimed at getting the message across that the Island is still open for business.

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