Lodging tax collections trend upward

A monthly measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction continues to trend upward.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for January, $64,253 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 5.3 percent increase over the $61,014 in collections reported for the same month in 2014.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind, the January report reflects hotel and motel stays in December.

Lodging tax collections have increased on a year-over-year basis in 11 out of the last 13 months. Total collections reported for 2014 climbed to more than $1.25 million, a 4.3 percent gain over 2013.

A total of 29,600 unique visits to the VCB Web site at www.visitgrandjunction.com were reported for January 2015, an increase of almost 45 percent over the same month last year.

Meanwhile, 375 visitors were counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center, a decline of about 4 percent.