2 schools of thought.
If I was in charge of marketing hotels in the city of Example.com, based upon my own observations, I'd be quite content to accept type-in traffic from ExampleHotels.com all day long.
Gauging by the bids/payments for a few domains I hold that share some of those characteristics I'd say the advertisers are finding the same to be true. To the best of my knowledge the bids assigned to parked domains (quality assumed) have been going up, not down, as time passes.
Like everything else, in the analysis I think you have to start with quality matters.
The same held true when I ran/redirected a plethora of websites/URLs related to my other line of work.
To my experience there's a strong element of "self-filtering" associated with those who arrive at a website by personal declaration of intent or interest. The direct navigation searcher, when they type in a URL/domain, is declaring an interest and likely an expectation: "StateProfession.tld means I am looking for a professional xyz in the State of abc".
Worked like a charm for me.
I foresee increasingly improved and relevant direct navigation landers, one's that will be largely indistinguishable from "real websites". You know, the "real" type, the ones of the same ilk, designed to do the same thing (attract and collect leads) - except "real sites" live and die by virtue of an unloving bond with search engines. You lose that SE love and you can still buy some love, by paying PPC prices.
As concerns differing views or schools of thought about direct navigation, it's likely a matter of datasets. My data says direct navigation has a lot going for it and is likely to improve with time.
Then again, I also manage to control the quality of the domains, so my data may be skewed. :) That said, in the domaining world somebody always has one that's better.
'cept maybe for Sex.com