Lodging tax collections edge up

Lodging tax collections have edged up in Grand Junction, but not yet enough to keep pace with last year.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for November, $101,476 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s $808, or 0.8 percent, more than what was reported for the same month last year.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the November report reflects hotel and motel stays in October.

Even with the latest gain, year-to-date lodging tax collections lag behind last year after six straight months of year-over-year declines in the first half of 2013.

According to reports for January through November, a total of $1,134,068 has been collected. That’s $17,851, or 1.5 percent, less than the same span in 2012.

For November, the VCB also reported a 11.5 percent decrease in the number of visitors counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center.

Year-to-date, center visits are down 13.4 percent.

At the same time, though, the number of unique visits to the VCB website at www.visitgrandjunction.com has almost doubled over the past two months. For November, the 27,540 visits constituted a nearly 94 percent increase over the same month last year. Year-to-date, 347,667 unique website visits have been recorded, an almost 57 percent increase over the same span in 2012.