Lodging tax trend also heads down

Lodging tax collections continue to lag in Grand Junction, a reflection of decreased business for hotels and motels.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for March, $58,124 in lodging taxes were collected, 12.8 percent less than what was reported for the same month last year.

For reports covering the first three months of 2013, a total of $173,553 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s 9.1 percent decline over the same span in 2012.

Since lodging tax reports lag a month behind collections, the March report reflects hotel and motel stays in February. Reports for the first three months of the year reflect business between December and February.

Lodging tax collections have declined on a year-over-year basis for four straight months. Prior to December, lodging tax collection had increased on a year-over-year basis 16 consecutive months.

The VCB also reported declines in March in the number of visitors counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center and inquiries on a toll-free telephone line, but an increase in unique visits to the VCB website at www.visitgrandjunction.org.