Egencia's Mid-Year Hotel Review, based on bookings made during the first six months of 2013 for stays in the second half of the year, showed that average daily negotiated rates at large hotel chains were up 5.1 percent compared with last year and up 4.5 percent at regional hotel chains. Negotiated rates at independent hotels were down 5.1 percent, with non-negotiated rates about flat, according to Egencia. Average daily negotiated rate increases were highest in Philadelphia (24.6 percent), Dallas (12.8 percent), Pittsburgh (12.2 percent), Los Angeles (8.1 percent) and Boston (7.2 percent). Seattle was the only major U.S. market where negotiated rates declined, down 3.1 percent year over year. As such, the spread between non-negotiated and negotiated hotel rates has declined for Egencia clients, according to the report. In Chicago, for example, the difference between non-negotiated and negotiated rates has dropped to $29, down $26 from last year; in Boston, it's dropped by $23 to only $9; in Los Angeles, the spread dropped by $28, making non-negotiated rates $6 cheaper than negotiated rates. An increase in chainwide discounts is likely the culprit behind this trend, according to Egencia. Get the full story at Business Travel News and Egencia