Examining the U.S. market as a whole, travel management companies last year anticipated hotel rates paid by corporate clients to rise in 2014 by low-to-mid-single-digit percentages from 2013. According to hotel chain executives, such increases have largely materialized in rate negotiations for 2014. A TCG Consulting forecast released in February, which projected that published hotel rates this year in the United States would rise 4 percent, called the lodging sector a "continued sellers' market," marked by growing corporate demand and "stagnant" hotel development. As demonstrated in CTI data, however, rate fluctuations vary widely by market. Advito, for example, highlighted the "division" between "major cities, where rates have risen very steeply, and smaller cities, where rates have risen more slowly." American Express, meanwhile, suggested "that secondary locations have become saturated with supply and are expected to be more competitive," according to its forecast. Get the full story at Business Travel News View the digital version of BTN's "2014 Corporate Travel Index" at Business Travel News