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University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreational Research

Awareness of mussels in Montana, 2017 and 2018.
UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

More Montanans are aware of the threat of invasive species this year compared to last year. That’s according to a new study by the University of Montana.

Revenue generated from the increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months.
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Gasoline is getting more expensive and prices are expected to climb even higher for the summer driving season. Edward O’Brien reports on what kind of an impact that could have on Montana’s summer tourism industry.

Glaicer Park's Logan Pass visitors center on a busy summer day.
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Despite a smoke-filled summer, researchers from the University of Montana say that 2017 was actually a good year for the travel industry.

While almost 80 percent of businesses in northwestern Montana say they were affected by wildfires and smoke last summer, those same businesses raked in more than a billion dollars from out-of-state visitors.