"So goes corporate America, so goes the group market," says Christie Hicks, senior vice president of global sales, North America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, White Plains, N.Y. Group travel is indeed bouncing back, though not at the same pace as leisure and business. Hoteliers estimate that room rates for groups will probably go up in the 3 to 5 percent range in 2005. In the large coastal cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C, rates may go even higher—perhaps 10 percent ...

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