Hoteliers are reporting more guests as the economic recovery boosts business travel and offsets the impact of earthquakes in Asia and unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and as occupancy levels rise, room rates are being pushed higher. Outgoing chief executive Andrew Cosslett was confident about the outlook for the rest of the year and said the group was seeing rising room rates around the world, including the United States which accounts for two thirds of company profit. The hotelier, which runs around 4,500 hotels, posted operating profits up 35 percent at $112 million for the first three months of 2011, beating a company consensus of $106 million. Quarterly sales rose 9 percent to $396 million. Get the full story at Reuters