A survey conducted among European hotels by , www.hotelinfo.com , an online reservation service showed that almost half of hotels (46.08%) are approaching the new year with cautious optimism, and, according to hotel.info, expect a moderate, albeit slow, recovery. Nevertheless, 24.44% are more optimistic in their outlook, and believe they will be doing significantly more business very soon and will be operating at higher capacity. In contrast, just 6% anticipate a rise in hotel rates this year. Only 16% of the hotels see no material improvement in 2010 compared with the fourth quarter of 2009, revealing a less optimistic viewpoint than their colleagues. Around 7% of hotel operators admitted to uncertainty and felt unable to provide an assessment.