On average, Carlson Wagonlit Travel's hotel solutions group reported the average negotiated corporate rate was up 1.2 percent globally compared with the 2013 rate. By comparison, 2013 rates averaged about 3 percent higher than 2012 rates. "Overall, it's been a good [request-for-proposals] season for the buyers," CWT hotel solutions group director Yon Abad said. "Rates are increasing but much more slowly than last year." Marwan Batrouni, hotel practice leader for BCD Travel's Advito consultancy, saw similar results, noting a global rate increase in the "low single-digit" percentages, though getting there required multiple rounds of negotiations. "At the beginning of the season, suppliers were very confident in what they could do this year, but corporate clients were ready to push back just as equally," he said. Get the full story at Business Travel News