At U.S. full-service Hyatt properties, transient revenues were up 9 percent year over year during the quarter ending Sept. 30, and group revenue was up nearly 7 percent, with particular strength in Atlanta and Anaheim, said president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian. Occupancy at full-service properties in the Americas during the quarter increased by 2.5 percentage points to 78.4 percent, and select-service occupancy edged closer to 80 percent. As such, Hoplamazian during the company’s earnings conference call on Wednesday said he expected ongoing corporate rate negotiations "to yield solid increases in average daily rates" for the coming year. Although group business had been tepid in the past few quarters, Hoplamazian said the company is beginning to "see signs of stable recovery" for the segment. Though much of the business going on the books is association business for 2015 and beyond, the pace for group bookings for 2014 also has increased, he said. The U.S. federal government shutdown only cost Hyatt a few million dollars during the third quarter, said Hyatt CFO Gebhard Rainer. While government travel continues to be down as a result of the sequestration, it is a small part of Hyatt's overall business, he added. Get the full story at Business Travel News Read also "US group hotel sales opening 2014 with increased growth"