Lodging tax report reflects increasing hospitality business

A monthly measure of hotel and motel stays in Grand Junction continues to reflect increased business compared to last year.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for October, $137,108 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 6.5 percent increase over what was reported in October 2011.

For reports for January through October, lodging tax collections totaled $1,051,251. That’s an increase of 7.3 percent over the same span last year.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the October report reflects hotel and motel stays in September. The latest year-to-date total reflects business between December and September.

Another indicator of tourism activity in the October report declined. A total of 1,478 visits to the Grand Junction Visitor Center was reported, a 7.2 percent drop from what was reported in October 2011. The number of in-state, out-of-state and international visitors all declined.