Lodging tax collections rise

One month after taking a dip, a measure of local hotel and motel businesses has resumed an upward trend.

According to a Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for March, $62,400 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s 7.4 percent more than the $58,124 collected for the same month last year. Because lodging tax reports lag a month behind, March collections reflect hotel and motel stays in February.

Lodging tax collections have increased on a year-over-year basis in four out of the last five months, the exception a 2.3 percent decrease reported in February.

For reports for the first quarter of 2014, 182,467 in lodging tax were collected. That’s a 5.1 percent increase over the same span in 2013.

The VCB reported a 2.3 percent decrease in the number of visits to the Grand Junction Visitor Center in March compared to the same month last year and a slight dip in the number of visits to the center during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013.