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Publication | 10 June 2020

Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 03

Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Week 03
15-22 May 2020

  • Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. This week, following the EC Communication ‘Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond’ of the 13th of May, the report focuses on tourism.
  • In March, worries about the individual health consequences of SARS-CoV-2 virus reduced EU citizens’ interests towards holidays. Health-related worries decreased following the lockdown measures implemented by national governments and, starting in May, a recovery of searches related to tourism is observed.
  • Early evidence suggests that the economic consequences of the pandemic will not be symmetric across the tourism sector. The volume of searches for Booking.com, Airbnb and camping-related topics is at a three-year low. Yet, while searches for Booking.com and, in particular, camping, are rapidly recovering, the same does not apply to Airbnb and to the holiday accommodation rental sector.
  • Searches for flights remain particularly low, albeit there have been weak signs of recovery over the last week. While the volume of searches for flights In April was from 4 to 3 times smaller than the same month in the last year, they are now twice as small. The trend does not, however, suggest that flights carriers will get back to 2019 levels shortly.
Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data Week 03
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