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Kayak Offers a New Window into Where We Want to Go

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 17, 2009 08:15 AM

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penglish.jpgKayak co-founder and CTO Paul English e-mailed earlier this week to let me know about Kayak Trends, a nifty new feature on the site that lets you know which cities are gaining in popularity as travel destinations, and which cities are losing favor.

Kayak teases out the trend data based on what cities people are searching for airfares to -- and the hotels they're considering booking.

So you can see, for instance, that over the past year, travelers' interest in Manchester, New Hampshire has declined 28 percent, while interest in São Paulo, Brazil and Brisbane, Australia has been on the rise (93 percent and 36 percent, respectively.)

Boston, interestingly, joins Vegas, L.A., London, and Orlando on the ten-most-popular destinations list for the past year.

And when in Boston, Kayak says travelers are most interested in staying at the Taj Boston and the Comfort Inn & Suites at Logan -- two very different hotels.

When Bostonians travel, their top three destinations are San Francisco, Washington, DC, and LA.

It's fun stuff to explore...

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