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 June, $149,765 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 6.8 percent increase over the $140,185 in collections reported for the same month last year. Because reports lag a month behind, June collections reflect hotel and motel stays in May.

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

With the latest gain, lodging tax collections reported for the first half of 2014 totaled $516,654. That’s 6.3 percent over the  $485,788 reported for the first half of 2013.

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