The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses
in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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Totals shown are millions of dollars
The figures show a strong October for the county, continuing this exceptional year, with lodging sales up over October 2014 in Lutsen-Tofte and Grand Marais, about flat on the Gunflint Trail.
While these figures serve as a quick way to keep abreast of lodging sales, they are somewhat rough: Lodging properties vary widely in when they remit the taxes from which these figures are extrapolated. Some forward collections monthly, some quarterly, some even less frequently.
To help better appreciate the trend lines, the county auditor/treasurer's office also provides what they call year-to-date "apples to apples" percentage comparisons. For 2015 through October, those figures show lodging sales overall increasing by 9.3 percent, Lutsen-Tofte up by 8.0 percent, Grand Marais up by 14.1 percent and Gunflint Trail up by 6.7 percent.