The Department of Tourism on the Isle of Man looks forward
to welcoming our friends from all islands of the International Island Games
Association in 2001.
At the time of going to press we were unable to quote actual
accommodation prices for 2001 but we expect the ranges per person to be:
||Price Band A
|3 - 4 Crowns
||Price Band B
||£50 - £65
|1 - 2 Crowns
||Price Band C
||£30 - £45
|B. & B/Self Catering
||Price Band D
||£15 - £30
Naturally, the price bands we have quoted here are really
only an indication to the actual costs which will be levied in 2001.
Obviously, as soon as provisional bookings have been made, it will be up to
the individual organiser from each Island to discuss final charges and costs
with their hotel direct.
It is expected that Ronaldsway Airport will be open through
the night of the 6thI7th July 2001 to receive flights from all visiting
Islands. It is therefore essential that all travel co-ordinators from member
Islands inform us as soon as their flight arrangements have been made so
that Ronaldsway can be notified of the flight schedules and airport staff
can be rostered to handle incoming traffic and visitors to the Island.
Transport from the Airport and Sea Terminal will be
organised to take competitors to their hotels.
The transport plan for the weeks competition is currently
being developed. Venues for most of the sports are in Douglas and it will be
necessary to start many of the competitions mid morning to avoid the 'rush
hour' traffic. It is expected that around the Douglas loop there will be a
bus every 10 minutes to move competitors to their respective venues. A more
detailed plan for the sports competing outside Douglas will be presented
nearer to the Games and will be included in the final programme.
As you are all aware, the Organising Committee for the 2001
Games will be organising a preview visit for the IIGA Executive and all
member Islands in July 2000 where all those who attend will be able to visit
the hotels and sports facilities at first hand. The proposed schedule for
the visit is as follows:
Arrive 12th July 2000 Depart Sunday 16th July 2000
Arrive Saturday 15th July 2000 Depart Friday 21st July 2000
The Organising Committee and Individual sports co-ordinators
will be available to answer all of your questions.
Traveling to the Isle of Man
For most teams the only option for getting to the Isle of
Man will be by air. Manx Airlines will only be too welcome to provide you
with quotes for charter flights. Also, Mike Bathgate the Games's Transport
and Accommodation co-ordinator has a list of all the Charter companies which
operate in Europe and he will be able to assist you with your travel plans.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
During the Summer months the Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company operates a Sea Cat service from Liverpool to Douglas ( 2.30 hours )
and the Ben My Chree from Heysham ( Near Morecambe) to Douglas ( 3.30 hours
) and some teams may wish to consider these routes in conjunction with other
ferries from mainland Europe.
Travel & Accommodation Workshop
During the Gotland Games in June 1999 the Organising
Committee for the NatWest Island Games 2001 will be holding two Workshops ~
for Team Managers/Travel Co-ordinators. These meetings are scheduled for:
Workshop 1 Tuesday 29th June 12 noon Visby Hotel
Workshop 2 Friday 2nd July 9.OOam Visby Hotel
Geoff Le Page, the Director for Tourism on the Isle of Man
and other members of the Organising Committee will available to answer all
your questions and provide you with advice concerning travel and
accommodation on the Isle of Man.
It is customary for the host Island of the next Games to
provide a reception after the Annual General Meeting. Voting representatives
from all the member Islands who attend the AGM are welcome to join the
Organi sing Committee from the Isle of Man in the main restaurant at the
Visby Hotel immediately after the meeting closes on Thursday 1St July 1999
where delegates will be able to sample some of the delicacies which the Isle
of Man has to offer.