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Garff MHK joins Department for Enterprise 

Daphne Caine will have responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport

Daphne Caine has joined the Department for Enterprise as a political member with responsibility for Visit Isle of Man and Motorsport.

The Garff MHK currently holds a number of posts across government including Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board, Member of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

Mrs Caine said: "I am delighted to once again be joining the Department for Enterprise, overseeing the Visit Agency and Motorsport division. The two divisions lead on a wide portfolio of work to promote the Isle of Man to an international audience and attract visitors to experience all the Island has to offer, from nature and wildlife to the world-renowned TT Races.

"I look forward to working with these teams, which both have a real focus on creating a more sustainable future and capitalising on the Island’s Biosphere status."

Tim Johnston MHK, Minister for Enterprise, added: "I am pleased to welcome Daphne back to the Department for Enterprise. Not only does she bring with her experience of the Department, having previously held the position as Political Member for Digital Isle of Man, but I have no doubt her experience in journalism and more recently as Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board will bring added value to the work of both Visit Isle of Man and the Motorsport division.

"In addition, Daphne’s interest in the Island’s heritage and her involvement with the Heritage Railways will be particularly valuable to the Visit Agency, as they digest the recent Systra report and look to support the recommendations to further enhance the visitor experience."

Mrs Caine has previously told Manx Radio she believes re-instating the horse tram line to the end of Douglas promenade could bring the increase in passengers it needs to be a viable investment.

Mr Johnston added: "I am looking forward to working with Daphne in her capacity as Political Member, supporting the efforts of both the Visit Agency and Motorsport to promote the Isle of Man’s commitment to sustainable practices in tourism, to effectively communicate and capitalise on our unique UNESCO Biosphere status, and build the Island’s reputation as a premier destination for visitors and motorsport fans alike."

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