World’s most searched-for travel destinations in 2012
In case you missed it over the holidays, Google published its annual Zeitgeist survey, which tracks 2012’s most popular searches in countries worldwide.
The search engine breaks down searches by category. Here are the results for a few travel-related categories:
The world’s “most searched national travel destinations”
Note: Google ranks these in the order of the queries with the largest volume of searches, translated from the local languages into English, when relevant. Tnooz has selected the top-listed destination. Google didn’t provide consistent information for all countries.
- Argentina: top national destination, “Rosario“; top local search, “hotel”
- Australia: top overseas destination, “New Zealand”; top local place, “Mount Hotham, Victoria“
- Brazil: “São Paulo”; top local search, “hotel”
- Canada: most searched place in Google Maps: “hotel”
- France: most searched place in Google Maps: “camping”
- Germany: most searched foreign destination: “London”; most searched place in Google Maps: “hotel”
- India: most searched for in-country spot, “Kerala”
- Ireland: most searched for foreign place: “Benidorm,” in Alicante, Spain
- Italy: most searched areas in Google Maps: “Cinque Terre”; most searched term in Google Maps: “hotel”
- Japan: most searched place: “Tokyo Skytree”, a.k.a. Sumida Tower
- Malaysia:”Legoland Malaysia”
- Mexico: “London”
- Netherlands: “Italy”
- New Zealand: most searched overseas destination: “Rarotonga”
- Norway: top trending: “Montenegro”; most searched: “USA”; most searched travel term: “SAS”
- Philippines: most searched local attraction: “Manila Ocean Park”
- Portugal: “Madeira”
- Russian Republic: “New York”
- Singapore: “Legoland Malaysia”; “Hong Kong” came in second
- Slovakia: “Tatralandia”
- Spain: “London”; most searched local place in Google Maps: “hotel”
- Switzerland: “Barcelona”
- United Kingdom: “Rio de Janeiro”; the second-most searched was “Greece”
- United States: “Toronto”; most searched local place in Google Maps: “hotel”
If there’s one lesson to draw about travel-themed searches, it’s the power of the keyword “hotel.”
Too bad Google doesn’t open source its query data sets, or at least provide much deeper analysis.
The world’s top trending airlines
Note: Google lists these in order of the searches that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011. Yes, this list is for worldwide searches, despite the large number of US carriers on it.
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Air France
- British Airways
- Air Canada
- US Airways
Google put together a video about the search term themes. (Note, you may want to turn the volume down before playing:)
After this, you may like to check out our roundup of the most popular posts on Tnooz in 2012.
Sean O’Neill is a New Jersey-based reporter for Tnooz. He is also a daily contributor of consumer news to LonelyPlanet.com.
He used to work for BBC Travel, BudgetTravel.com, and Kiplinger's, and used to live in London, New York City, and Washington, DC.