Lodging tax collections reflect increased hotel stays

A monthly measure of local hotel and motel stays continues to rise, a reflection of increased business for the hospitality sector.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for August, $152,477 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s an increase of 12.5 percent over reported collections for the same month last year.

August lodging tax collections reflect hotel and motel stays in July.

According to reports for the first  eight months of the year, a total of  more than $860,000 was collected. That’s a gain of 8.4 percent over the same period last year. Lodging taxes have increased on a year-over-year basis every month in 2015 and by double-digit proportions for the past two months.

For August 2015, other tourism-related statistics the VCB tracks constituted something of a mixed bag.

A total of 62,523 visits to the VCB Web site at www.visitgrandjunction.com was reported, a 36.3 percent increase over the same month last year. A total of 861 visitor guides were requested, an 84.4 percent increase. Because research signals intention to travel, Web site visits and guide requests constitute a leading indicator of subsequent business.

Meanwhile, though, the actual number of people counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center was down in August for in-state, out-of-state and international visitors.