About the New Orleans Tourism Barometer
We used Google Trends data to compile what we call the New Orleans Tourism Barometer. Our city heavily relies on many talented chefs, bartenders, servers, concierges, maître d’s, and everything in between to provide our guests with an exceptional hospitality experience. That’s why we decided to focus the Google Trends data we compiled to show you when and how interests surrounding tourism ebbs and flows throughout the year. As this year is especially significant given the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope this data can give you some kind of insight as to where your specific area of tourism is likely to see an uplift as states slowly begin to reopen.
What Is Google Trends Data?
Google Trends data gives you information about how frequent a search term has been entered into Google’s search bar relative to Google’s total searches. The search term will be given a value of 0-100. A value of 100 indicates the search term is at peak popularity. A value of 50 tells us that the search term is half as popular. A 0 value indicates that there likely was not enough searches to provide valid data.
All in all, as Google is most peoples’ way of searching about various topics, it is a great tool to discover trends and popularity within a wide range of categories. Google Trends can also give you data about searches done in Google Images, Google News, Google Shopping, and Youtube as well as the ability to filter the data by location.
What Is This Data Showing?
This specific data focuses on searches made within the U.S. The data also shows what the search trends were last year as well as this year. This gives you an idea of roughly what time in a “regular” year people were searching for particular things which you can then compare to this year. This graph also indicates when Louisiana’s stay at home order was enforced so you can identify where search trends began to decrease. You will also be able to see what percentage decrease in popularity each search term has seen year on year. We’ve split up search terms surrounding New Orleans tourism into 5 categories:
- Travel — search terms people may use when deciding how to get to New Orleans.
- Lodging — search terms people may use to research places to stay in New Orleans.
- Food & Drink — common search terms related to the many food & drink outlets available in New Orleans.
- Activities — search terms related to any tourist attractions or day’s out available in New Orleans.
- Events — search terms related to the many festivals and events in New Orleans.
In each category, we have tracked 5 different common search terms and provided you with graphs that show how those search terms have trended across 2019 and from the beginning of 2020 to now.
No data – there was either insufficient data last year or this year.