Gains narrow lodging tax collections gap

Lodging tax collections in Grand Junction have increased for a second straight month as the gap narrows between total collections so far this year and last year.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for August, $137,364 in lodging taxes were collected. That number was 8.3 percent higher than what was reported for August 2012 and the largest proportional year-over-year gain since September 2012.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the August report reflects hotel and motel stays during July.

For reports covering the first eight months of 2013, a total of $763,719 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s still a 1.2 percent decline from a similar span in 2012, but the smallest difference this year.

The VCB also reported an increase in visits to its website, but a decrease in visits to the Grand Junction visitor center during August.

A total of 40,722 unique visits to were reported, up 41.9 percent from the same month last year. The gain brought the number of year-to-date website visits to 243,387, a 28.5 percent gain over last year.

A total of 2,120 visitors were counted at the visitor center in August, a 12.6 percent drop from last year. Through the first eight months of the year, 11,327 visitors were counted at the center, a decrease of 13.4 percent over the same span last year.


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