Lodging taxes increase, too

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

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for November, $108,813 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s an increase of 7.2 percent over the $101,476 collected for the same month last year.

Because reports lag a month behind, November collections reflect hotel and motel stays in October.

With year-over-year increases in nine out of the last 11 months, a total of $1,178,872 in lodging taxes have been collected so far this year. That’s a 4 percent increase over the same span in 2013.

Meanwhile, though, another measure of tourism in Grand Junction continues to decline.

A total of 493 visitors were counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center during November, a 20.2 percent decrease from the same month last year. A total of 13,945 visitors have been counted at the center through November, a decline of 8.2 percent over the same span in 2013.