This study tries to tackle the tourism forecasting problem using online search queries. This recent-developed methodology is subject to several criticisms, one of which is how to choose satisfying search queries to be built in the forecasting model. This study compares two popular candidates, which are the Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA) approach and the Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selector Operator (Lasso) approach. Evidence shows that the two approaches produce similar forecasting performance but different query selection results.
Key words: Tourism forecasting, query selection, Bayesian model averaging, Lasso, Baidu query data.
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