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September 30, 2014

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Las Vegas tops list of travel searches

More than 26,000 people have signed an online pledge not to break the code by “tweeting, tagging, posting, telling, whispering, emoting, defining, drawing up, writing about or in any way revealing” their Las Vegas “moment.”

But that doesn’t stop people from looking for juicy details.

Las Vegas is still the No. 1 travel destination people searched for on the Internet this year, at least among those who use Bing, Microsoft’s search engine.

And for recession-weary Las Vegas, that’s probably a good thing, so long as they are looking for travel tips instead of dirt on coworkers (or spouses).

Bing’s annual list of top search terms was released Monday, with Las Vegas getting top honors in the travel category.

“It looks like many people are fascinated with the ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ mentality, as Las Vegas won the top spot as the most searched destination in the world in 2011,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

And many travelers not searching for Las Vegas were still looking close by; the three cities following Las Vegas are all in California: San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The rest of the top 10 cities were: Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami, Seattle and Paris.

When broken down by region, the top destinations searched for were: Singapore for Asia; Alexandria, South Africa, for Africa; Sydney for Australia; Cancun, Mexico, for the Caribbean; Paris for Europe; Dubai for the Middle East and Lima, Peru, for South America.

Las Vegas didn’t get any love in other search categories. Justin Bieber displaced Kim Kardashian as the most-searched-for person, the Casey Anthony Trial was the top news story of the year on Bing and the royal wedding was the No. 1 celebrity event.

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