Even during the recession, Montana tourism keeps growing.

The UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research says 10.5 million travelers visited Montana last year - a 1.6 percent growth over the year before. They tourists spent $2.77 billion, which is 10 percent higher than 2010.

As a location midway between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the Bitterroot Valley also piles up tourist numbers each year.

To help, a "Superhost" customer service training session, Lost and Found in Montana, will be held May 3 at Hamilton's Town House Inn, 1113 North 1st from 1pm to 4pm.

The Montana Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism is sending Becky Henne to Hamilton. She will be conducting an interactive training with videos, discussions, and even a map scavenger hunt. She will also explain new trends such as geotourists and how communicate with different age groups.

It's a free seminar and more information is available at the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce office, 406-363-2400. The seminar is free.