Hoteliers posted strong gains in 2006 as profits rose 13.3 percent, on average, for the year, according to PKF Consulting’s 2007 Trends in the Hotel Industry survey. But profits in 2006 were still about 21 percent lower than in 2000, according to the survey, which polled 5,000 hotels. Driving the growth was an 8.3 percent increase in average daily room rates, which, combined with a modest 0.4 percent gain in occupancy, resulted in an 8.8 percent jump in revenue per available room. Also, ...

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