Lodging taxes reflect increased hospitality business

A monthly measure of hotel and motel stays continues to increase on a year-over-year basis, a reflection of more business for the local hospitality industry.

According to the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau report for October, $155,527 in lodging tax were collected. That’s a 14 percent increase over the report for October 2014 and the fourth straight month of double-digit proportional gains. October reports reflect hotel and motel stays in September.

Through October, nearly $1.2 million in lodging taxes have been collected. That’s an increase of 9.4 percent over the same span in 2014.

Other tourism-related metrics the VCB tracks also continue to increase.

A total of nearly 484,000 unique visits to the VCB Web site at www.visitgrandjunction.com were recorded year to date through October, up 32.3 percent over the same span last year. Individual requests for Grand Junction visitor guides topped 8,100 through October, a 3.2 percent gain over last year.

Meanwhile, 1,026 people were counted as visiting the Grand Junction Visitor Center in October, up 2.6 percent over the same month in 2014. Year-to-date visits to the center through October totaled 13,212, down 1.8 percent from the same span in 2014.