The gross operating profit for the typical U.S. hotel rose 13.1% from the first half of 2005 to the first half of this year, but hotels also saw a 7.8% increase in operating expenses in the first half of 2006, according to a PKF Hospitality Research survey. PKF Hospitality Research President Mark Woodworth says increases in room rates were the leading factor in the double-digit profit increase.

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