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Updated as of May 10, 2022

$200 MILLION

2019 Expenditures

187 THOUSAND

2019 Person-Visits

United Kingdom was Alberta's 2nd largest international market in terms of expenditures before the pandemic.

CASELOAD

The United Kingdom reported over 4.7 million new cases through February, March, and April, ranking sixth in volume of COVID-19 cases in the world, with nearly 22 million cases recorded since the start of the pandemic (Source: CNN).

Source: Our World in Data on May 5, 2022

VACCINATION

As of April 28, approximately 142.17 million vaccine doses have been administered in the U.K., for a rate of 220.39 per 100 people. This is above the U.S. and Germany rates of 173.64 and 212.68, respectively. But it is equal to Canada rates of  and 220.39 doses administered per 100 people.

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 

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

KEY INDICATORS PERFORMANCE COMMENTS
GDP (-9.3%) in 2020
7.4% in 2021
3.8% in 2022
GDP growth in Q4 2021 was higher than expected, however the recovery has been patchy, with the largest contributors to growth being human health and social work activities.
Unemployment 3.8% in February The lowest since the end of 2019 and in line with market expectations.
Inflation 7% in March Inflation reached a 30 -year high and will likely remain high for longer with high energy prices.
Consumer confidence (-38) in April Its lowest level since July 2008 as household incomes are under pressure from high inflation and a tighter fiscal policy.

Source: Trading Economics; Oxford Economics

AIR ACCESS

Scheduled direct seat capacity from the U.K. to Alberta is steadily improving; seat capacity currently stands at approximately 68 and 65 per cent of pre-pandemic (2019) levels in May and June, respectively, and 69 per cent in July. Due to low air travel activity in 2020 caused by the pandemic, comparisons made between 2022 and 2019 are seen as a more effective way to gauge recovery.

Airlines have been securing future seat capacity to ensure they have supply when restrictions are eased, then cancel last-minute if they are not lifted or demand is low.