Business transient travel at Hilton hotels increased “meaningfully” throughout the second quarter of 2021, according to Christopher Nassetta, CEO, speaking on a second quarter earnings call.  He said the company saw improving  results in small and medium-sized businesses and positive momentum across larger accounts. In June, business transient room-night demand was 70% of 2019 levels, with rate over 80% of 2019 levels. The company continues to see progress in July, with similar room-night demand and rates at 90% of 2019 levels. Group performance in the quarter also improved sequentially, driven primarily by social groups, given seasonally higher leisure demand. Overall, group demand increased nearly 20 percentage points sequentially from the first quarter, ending June at more than half of 2019 levels. Additionally, group bookings for next year are at rates above 2019 peaks. For July month-to-date, systemwide demand is 85% of 2019 levels, with rates equal to 2019. In the US, July revenue per available room (RevPAR) is roughly 85% of 2019 levels. And in China, RevPAR is now above the prior peak. With increasing transient bookings, digital traffic and group sales leads, said Nassetta, “ we are optimistic about the forward trends.”