Lodging tax collections increase

Lodging tax collections continue to increase in Grand Junction, a reflection of more business for hotels and motels.

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau reported collecting nearly $108,199 in lodging taxes in May. That’s an increase of $6,993 and 6.9 percent over the same month last year and the most collections for a May since 2008. May collections reflect hotel and motel stays in April.

The latest number brings year-to-date lodging tax collections to $406,768, an increase of $25,556 and 6.7 percent over last year.

Other tourism-related metrics the VCB tracks constituted something of a mixed bag for May with a year-over-year decrease in unique visits to the VCB Web site, but an increase in visits to the Grand Junction Visitor Center as well as requests for visitor guides.