“Group has been the big ‘question mark’ all year long, but with more than half of 2013 behind us, it is clear that this will not be the year of large gains in the group segment,” said Tim Hart, executive vice president, business intelligence, TravelClick. “The pace of bookings for groups has been down for five out of the seven months this year. However, based on current reservations already booked for 2014 at the country’s largest hotel chains, we believe that the industry is positioned for stronger group demand next year.” Hart added, “While the group segment hasn’t performed as well as hoteliers may have hoped, the transient segment remains strong and will continue to be the key driver of hotel growth through the end of 2013. In fact, based on early advance booking trends, TravelClick data is indicating that leisure travel demand will be strong during the fourth quarter holiday season this year.” When looking at the next 12 months (July 2013 - June 2014), overall committed occupancy* is up 2.3 percent versus this time last year. ADR is up 3.6 percent based on reservations currently on the books. Transient bookings are up 4.9 percent year-over-year and ADR for this segment is up 4.5 percent. The transient leisure segment is showing occupancy and ADR gains of 4.5 percent. The transient business segment is showing occupancy gains of 5.0 percent and a 4.2 percent rise in ADR. The group segment is experiencing an occupancy increase of 1.3 percent and an ADR gain of 1.5 percent compared to the same time last year. Get the full story at TravelClick