Starwood's rates rose in all regions, led by Asia-Pacific (11.3 percent) and Latin America (7.5 percent). Occupancy increased across all regions except in Africa and the Middle East. Revenue per available room increased by 10.4 percent worldwide, and by 11.1 percent in North America. Starwood president and CEO Frits van Paasschen said that for the first time since the downturn, rate played as big as a role as occupancy in RevPAR growth. Van Paasschen also said that midweek occupancy levels in gateway cities are approaching 2007 levels, indicating strong corporate transient demand, and that group business growth accelerated in March. During the quarter, corporate group business increased 35 percent year over year, he said. Get the full story at Business Travel News Read also "Omni Hotels Enjoying 'Pricing Power'" at Business Travel News