Whitey - 10:57 am on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
I wouldn't think travel affiliate sites are targeted specifically. Google does enough of this indirectly by engaging it's own assets to some great degree on those SERP results.
And previous updates have decimated the travel seo affiliate market. There isn't a lot left from what i understand amongst the small to medium players.
Also, as i mentioned earlier, some exact match domains i observe in travel have actually bounced back. Whereas, some have dropped. On the small sample that i see, shallow, made for keyword, websites of 3-6 pages had already dropped in Penguin if they were not a real business.
Real brands exist with EMD's - and they look OK to me, if not a bit stronger.
So I'm seeing no preference to travel, and a mixed bag of results to think about.
@austtr- how many pages are you talking about with you sites, and how many have good quality unique content that is distinctly different to everyone else [ adds value ] ?