Google searches reveal top tourist spots

Posted at 12/10/2009 10:48 PM | Updated as of 12/15/2009 11:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Beaches or water sports destinations are popular this year, based on internet search data by Google Inc.

In Google's Zeitgeist (German for "spirit of the times"), a collection of top items searched on the internet by users from a particular area, the company identified the "fastest-rising travel destinations" in the Philippines.

Topping the list are beach destinations like Baler in Quezon province, a budding surfing hotspot; Coron town in Palawan, which is dotted with lagoons, caves, and rare fauna; as well as El Nido, also in Palawan, which is home to the posh El Nido Resort complex.

Filipino internet users who searched for travel destinations in the Philippines were also specific about the leisure areas they favored.

Resorts that made it to the Top 10 in the Zeitgeist travel list were the Acuatico Beach Resort in Batangas, 8 Waves Waterpark and Hotel in Bulacan, the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Camarines Sur, and the Amana Resort also in Bulacan.

All of these destinations offer a variety of liesure sports including wakeboarding, waterskiing and wakeskating.

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Another rising star in the travel world is reportedly the Anawangin Cove in Zambales, a crescent-shaped enclave nestled in the San Antonio Mountains.

The Anawangin Cove is known for its pristine sands, clear waters and a virtually undeveloped landscape.

Also a favorite among internet users is the Canyon Cove Resort in Batangas. The facility boasts of a waterfront palatial complex built on both mountains and the seaside with a gigantic pool.

The area, with its Malibu-esque feel, is reportedly a popular spot for weddings, pre-nuptial celebrations or long holidays.

Also figuring in the Google travel zeitgeist is the search keyword "eco park", of which there are a handful all over the Philippines.

The list, which is compiled from over bilions of search queries on Google each year, "highlights the top trends of 2009", according to a company statement.

Lists are automatically generated per country or worldwide, and within a specific time frame.

At times, the search results are helped along by companies that improve a certain web site's searchability through "search engine optimization."

Apart from travel destinations, Google had also compiled Filipinos' top search queries for Philippine celebrities, music, news events and even for 2010 presidential candidates.