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Mauritius among most searched destinations in Google’s Zeitgeist 2013 list

Mauritius among most searched destinations in Google’s Zeitgeist 2013 list

The island made it to the top three most searched destinations for Indian travelers, showed Google’s 2013 year-in-review list. (Image: accommodation.io)

Mauritius made it to the top three most searched destinations for Indian travelers, showed Google’s 2013 year-in-review list.

The island destination also made it to tenth place among the top ten trending destinations for tourists from UK.

And, with the world’s biggest charter airlines, Thomson Airways, planning to start flying its best-in-class 787 Dreamliners to Mauritius next summer from London’s Gatwick Airport, it appears that the beach paradise is indeed a dream destination for British travelers.

Coming to Google’s Zeitgeist charts, Macau and Maldives comprised the other entries in the top three destinations searched by Indian tourists. Macau was the only surprise entry on the top 10 list at first place, which otherwise featured Indian travel regulars like Bali, Bangkok and Singapore, among others.

But, in a slight set-back for relaxing sun-and-sand destinations such as Mauritius and Bangkok, long considered the staple for British holidaymakers, it appears that more active travel ideas such as cycling, sailing holidays and camping breaks have caught the fancy of the average UK tourist.

So, even as island destinations have made it to the top ten trending destinations in UK, it was Rome, New York and Amsterdam that comprised the top three.

Published Tuesday, the Zeitgeist charts reveal the hottest travel destinations by country.The data is divided into two kinds of lists.

The first reflects the ‘trending’ destinations – those that show the greatest growth in searches when compared to last year – while the second shows rankings of topics with the largest total search volumes.

Google covered 72 countries in the 2013 year-end Zeitgeist, compared to 55 countries in 2012. It is the company’s most comprehensive and global list so far.

Google also has some plans in store. It is about to merge Zeitgeist with Google Trends, as well as archive the past 12 years of Zeitgeist lists on the website.

It also plans to have interactive data visualization where you can check out the top daily trending searches from more than 150 countries on the planet.

Google is the world’s most popular search engine, with 71% of the global search engine market share.

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