Grants for tourism events helped to bring in nearly £4 million in revenue last year.

Rob Callister (Onchan), the Department for Enterprise member responsible for tourism, said: ’In 2017-18 the department spent £365,000 on event support. It estimates this resulted in 10,509 visitors staying an average of 3.8 nights and spending in total £3.8m.’

Mr Callister said every pound spent on direct financial support to event organisers resulted in a return of about £10.93 in visitor spend.

’This economic return is for tourist-related visitor events but excludes motorcycling road-racing events,’ he said. ’Tourism events have both a benefit to the local community and the quality of island life, as well as delivering a significant benefit to our tourist economy.’