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Research Note: Nowcasting Tourist Arrivals in Barbados – Just Google it!


  • Mahalia Jackman

    (Antilles Economics, #3 Bulkeley Close, St George, Barbados)

  • Simon Naitram

    (Central Bank of Barbados, St Michael, Barbados)


This paper uses support vector regressions (SVRs) and Google search data to test whether observing Internet habits can provide insights into trends in tourist arrivals in Barbados. The empirical evidence suggests that Google Trends data may be used to pick up changing patterns and trends in tourist arrivals from the UK and Canada. In the case of the USA, the authors find no evidence to suggest that Google data add any significant information to what can be ‘learned’ from an autoregressive SVR.

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  • Mahalia Jackman & Simon Naitram, 2015. "Research Note: Nowcasting Tourist Arrivals in Barbados – Just Google it!," Tourism Economics, , vol. 21(6), pages 1309-1313, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:toueco:v:21:y:2015:i:6:p:1309-1313
    DOI: 10.5367/te.2014.0402

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    1. Jackman M.M., 2012. "Revisiting The Tourism-Led Growth Hypothesis For Barbados: A Disaggregated Market Approach," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 12(2).
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    1. Abay,Kibrom A. & Hirfrfot,Kibrom Tafere & Woldemichael,Andinet, 2020. "Winners and Losers from COVID-19 : Global Evidence from Google Search," Policy Research Working Paper Series 9268, The World Bank.


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