Lodging tax collections lag

Monthly lodging tax collections in Grand Junction have increased to their highest level so far this year, but continue to lag behind what was collected last year.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for June, $140,185 in lodging taxes were collected, by far the highest monthly total this year. Compared to the same month last year, however, collections still edged down three-tenths of a percent.

Lodging tax collections have decreased on a year-over-year basis  for seven straight months, although the latest decline was the smallest proportionally. Prior to the report for December, collections had increased 16 consecutive months.

For reports covering the first half of 2013, a total of $485,789 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 4.6 percent decline from the first half of 2012.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the June report reflects hotel and motel stays in May. Reports for the first half of the year reflect lodging business between December and May.

Meanwhile, the VCB also reported a nearly 36 percent increase in unique visits to its website at www.visitgrandjunction.com, bringing the year-to-date gain in website visits to 23.2 percent.

The number of visitors counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center dropped more than 14 percent to 2,230. Through the first half of the year, visits to the center have declined almost 20 percent to 6,674.