The Yahoo! report says that travel specific searches for 2008 were clearly affected by the economic downturn.

"The Gold Coast was the top travel search, with the majority of the top 10 list mainly domestic travel locations.''

The popularity of online travel websites for research and purchase is also strong, with more than half of online Australians visiting Virgin Blue, Qantas and JetStar websites in the past 30 days, according to data monitors, Nielsen Online.

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