Revenue from the state's lodging tax increased 8.5 percent in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the first nine months of 2012, the governor's office said Tuesday.

The amount collected in lodging tax over the first nine months of 2013 was $667,010,321, and the amount of the increase was about $52 million.

While some of that increase was surely a rebound of business travel, that more than recoups the $22 million budgeted for tourism and economic development promotion during the past 18 months. The increase is just from stays, not from an increase in the hotel tax rates, because those went up in 2011. The increase was proportionally greater than the national hotel recovery, and than the rest of New England states.

Also, the state reported, visits to ctvisit.com have more than doubled compared with 2011, before the campaign began. The state's tourism e-mail list has more than 580,000 subscribers, and they receive information about deals, events and activities around the state.