Lodging tax collections down for August, but still up for the year

A measure of hotel and motel stays has slipped for the month, but still remains ahead of last year.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for August, $135,595 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 1.3 percent decline over the $137,364 in collections reported for the same month last year. Because reports lag a month behind, August collections reflect hotel and motel stays in July.

The year-over-year drop was the first since March and only the second in nine months.

A total of $793,565 in lodging taxes have been collected so far in 2014, a 3.9 percent increase over the $763,719 in taxes collected over the same span in 2013.

The VCB also reported for August 2014 a 2.1 percent increase in the number of visits to the Grand Junction Visitor Center. An increase in visitors from outside Colorado more than offset declines from Colorado residents and international travelers. For the year, however, overall visits are down 6.9 percent.

In addition, the VCB reported a 36 percent increase in unique visits to its Web site located at www.visitgrandjunction.com. That adds to the 23.3 percent increase in year-to-date Web site visits.