Lodging tax collections rebound

Lodging tax revenues have rebounded as the measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction continues to outpace last year.

 According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for September, $140,007 in lodging taxes were collected, a 3.5 percent increase over the $135,317 in collections reported for the same month last year. Because reports lag a month behind, September collections reflect hotel and motel stays in August.

The gain follows a 1.3 percent decline in year-over-year lodging tax collections the month before.

But with gains in seven out of the last nine months, a total of $933,573 in collections have been reported so far in 2014. That’s a 3.8 percent increase over the same span in 2013.

The VCB also reported 40,323 unique visits to its Web site  at www.visitgrandjunction.com during September, a jump of 36 percent over the same month last year. The gain brings the total number of unique visits to the Web site so far in 2014 to 331,873, already eclipsing the total for all of 2013.

A total of 1,901 visitors were counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center during September, a 4 percent decline over the same month last year. A total of 12,452 visitors have been counted so far in 2014, 5.6 percent less than the same span in 2014.