Google tracks travel trends

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BOSTON (SHNS) – As high temperatures spur people to think of summer travel, would-be tourists who Google potential destinations in Massachusetts will find state travel trends embedded in their search results page.

Along with advice and advisories for travel during COVID-19, Google is posting weekly numbers showing the number of flights arriving at a destination compared to last year, and the percentage of available hotels, calculating by dividing the number of hotels that are “open and bookable” by the total number in the destination.

In Massachusetts, according to the search engine, 58 percent of flights are operating and 76 percent of hotels have availability.

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