In line with other major hotel companies that have announced second-quarter results in the past two weeks, Sorenson noted that U.S. group demand during the quarter was weak, while transient business was "very strong." Revenue per available room from group business in April was 17 percent higher year over year, in part because of the timing of Easter, but it was down 1 percent in May and down 5 percent in June, he said. Government group travel in particular is down significantly. In 2010, it accounted for 5 percent of Marriott's group business, but this year, it accounts for only 2 percent, Sorenson said. "The only good news about how weak it is, is there's not much left to give up," he said. Get the full story at Business Travel News