Lodging taxes on the rise

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 October, $136,486 in lodging taxes were collected. That’s a 2.2 percent increase over the $133,556 in collections reported for the same month last year. Because reports lag a month behind, October collections reflect hotel and motel stays in September.

With year-over-year gains in eight out of the last 10 months, a total of $1,070,059 in lodging tax collections has been reported so far in 2014. That’s a 3.6 percent increase over the same span in 2013.

The VCB also reported 33,976 unique visits to its Web site at www.visitgrandjunction.com during October. That’s a 27.2 percent increase over the same month last year. The gain brings to the total number of unique visits to the Web site so far in 2014 to 365,849, a 25 percent increase over the same span in 2013.

A total of 1,000 visitors were counted at the Grand Junction Visitor Center during October, a 20.5 percent decrease over the same month last year. A total of 13,452 visitors have been counted so far in 2014, a decline of 7.7 percent  from the same span  in 2013.