COVID-19 research

This research is available for tourism and events businesses to assist in keeping up to date with national and global trends, impacts and insights relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The interactive dashboard is updated weekly with new research.

  • Consumer behaviour
  • Economic impacts
  • Impacts to events
  • Marketing and media


Latest Highlights
22 September 2020 Ipsos's Global Consumer Confidence Index for September was 41.8, slightly up on the prior month, though down 6.8 points compared to its pre-pandemic level in January 2020. China is the only country of those measured where current sentiment is above January 2020 levels. Data over the past few months indicates that the decline in consumer sentiment has bottomed out.

14 September 2020 Tourism Research Australia's 'Moving Forward: The role of domestic travel in Australia's tourism recovery' analysis discusses several implications, but in the short-term, coming out of shutdown, recovery prospects will depend on the sector’s ability to find domestic substitutes for international visitors. While interstate borders remain closed and flights are limited, regional centres within driving distance of cities will recover first. As flights return and borders reopen, this recovery will extend to more far-flung regional destinations and interstate capitals. Over the longer term however, capital cities may feel the loss of international travel far more than other parts of the country.

Kantar has put together a variety of perspectives on the 'citizen response' to COVID-19. Whilst not concerning Australian tourism, there are societal and environmental implications that are relevant to the industry.