Lodging tax collections on the rise

Lodging tax collections, a key measure of hotel and motel stays, have increased in Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau reported that $164,705 in lodging taxes were collected in October, an increased of 5.9 percent over collections for the same month last year.

With the exception of a 1 percent decline in September, collections have increased on a year-over-year every month so far in 2016. A total of $1,223,539 in lodging taxes have been collected, a 4.5 percent increase over the same span in 2015. For all of 2015, nearly $1.4 million in lodging taxes were collected for a 9.1 percent increase over 2014.

The VCB also reported year-to-date declines in unique visits to its website at www.visitgrandjunction.com as well as the number of people counted as visiting the Grand Junction Visitor Center.

Meanwhile, though, requests for visitor guides through the first 10 months of 2016 has increased 16.2 percent.