Lodging tax stats reflect increased business

A monthly measure of hotel and motel stays continues to reflect increased business for the hospitality sector in the Grand Valley.

According to a Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for July, $141,316 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 0.5 percent increase over the $140,567 in collections reported for the same month last year. Because reports lag a month behind, July collections reflect hotel and motel stays in June.

Lodging tax collections have increased on a year-over-year basis for five straight months and eight out of the last nine months.

With the latest gain, lodging tax collections reported for the first seven months of 2014 totaled $657,970. That’s 5 percent over the $626,355 reported for the same span in 2013.

The VCB also reported for July an increase in unique visits to its website and the number of visitor guides that were requested, but a  decrease in the number of visits to the Grand Junction Visitor Center.