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Hyatt Hotels' CEO Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Forward-looking statements in the earnings release that we issued earlier this morning, along with the comments on this call, are made only as of today, May 3, 2012, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any of these forward-looking statements as actual events unfold.

You can find the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures referred to in our remarks on our website at hyatt.com under the Press Release section of our Investor Relations link and in this morning's earnings release.

An archive of this call will be available on our website for 90 days, and a telephone replay of this call will be available for one week per the information included in this morning's release.

And with that, I'll turn it over to Mark to get started.

Mark S. Hoplamazian

Thank you, Atish, and good morning to everyone. Thank you for joining us.

We received a number of questions. Thank you for the engagement and the participation. And we look forward to turning to those in just a moment. I want to cover a few topics before we cover the questions.

First, first quarter results. 2012 was really off to a good start. I think when you look at North American group in transient revenue, growing in high single digits and the group booking in the first quarter -- bookings in the quarter -- for the quarter and in the quarter for the year, we're quite encouraged by the level of demand that we see. We had recently renovated hotels that are performing well. We've got great feedback from guests and meeting planners alike. Occupancy lift has been significant year-over-year, and we're looking forward to -- for the rate growth later in this year. And finally, as of the first quarter, the hotels that we acquired from LodgeWorks are doing well. RevPAR progression has been very strong. RevPAR index expansion has been very strong, and we've really seen the positive results of the Hyatt brand and the Gold Passport customer penetration into those hotels.

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