Lodging tax collections hit record level

Lodging tax collections continue to come in at record levels in Grand Junction, an indication of increasing business for local hotels and motels.

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau reported collecting $160,265 in lodging taxes in August, an increase of  nearly $8,000 and 5.1 percent over the same month last year.

The latest total was the highest for an August in the history of the VCB and the second straight month for record collections.

The latest number brings lodging tax collections so far for 2016 to $905,773. That’s a gain of more than $45,000 and 5.3 percent over the same span in 2015.

For all of 2015, about $1.4 million in lodging taxes were collected, an increase of 9.1 percent over 2014.

Other tourism-related metrics the VCB tracks were mixed.

A total of 1,513 people were counted as visiting the Grand Junction Visitor Center in August, down
17.1 percent from the same month last year. That number brings year-to-date visits to the center to 8,241, down 21.5 percent from last year.

A total of 355,498 unique visits to the VCB website located at www.visitgrandjunction.com were reported, down 10.3 percent. Requests for visitor guides totaled 7,617, up 7.2 percent.

The VCB considers Internet research and requests for visitor guides leading indicators of subsequent travel.