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Updated as of May 10, 2022

$141 MILLION

2019 Expenditures

106 THOUSAND

2019 Person Visits

Australia was Alberta's 4th largest market in terms of expenditures before the pandemic.

COVID-19 SITUATION

CASELOAD

Australia has managed to keep the number of daily new cases low since August 2020, but things have started to deteroriate in the last few months with weekly new cases steadily increasing. The country reported over 2.83 million cases through mid-February, March and April with 5.85 million cases recorded since the start of the pandemic (Source: CNN).

Source: Our World in Data on April 29, 2022

VACCINATION

As of April 25, approximately 57.11 million vaccine doses have been administered in Australia, for a rate of 221.47 per 100 people. This is above the U.S., UK, and Canada’s rates of 173.20, 208.27, and 219.55 respectively.

Source: Our World in Data

TRAVEL UPDATES

Pre-entry tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air, or water. 

As of April 25, 2022, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.

Source: COVID-19 Travel Requirements; Coming to Australia | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au) 

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

Key Indicators Performance Comments
GDP (-2.2%) in 2020
4.7% in 2021
4.1% in 2022
A sharp rebound in household spending as the economy emerged from COVID-19 lockdowns led to strong economic performance. 
Unemployment 4% in March
  • The labour market continues to perform well. 
  • Hours worked continue to be disrupted by high COVID case numbers. 
Inflation 5.1% in Q1, 2022  The highest reading since the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax in the early 2000s, reflecting soaring fuel prices and surging building costs. 
Consumer confidence 95.7 in April  Down for the fifth month running, amid rising inflation, the risk of higher interest rates and widespread flooding across the east coast.  

Source: Trading Economics; Oxford Economics

AIR ACCESS

Indirect seat capacity from Australia to Alberta is recovering at a slow pace; it is likely to be substantially lower (approximately 15% and 40%) than 2019 levels in May and June 2022, respectively. Schedules change regularly as airlines add capacity in anticipation of travel restrictions being lifted, then adjustments are made closer to those dates if restrictions are not lifted, or demand is low.