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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Foreign visits up

August 15, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • The New York skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge, helped lure more visitors to the United States.
The New York skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge, helped lure more visitors… (Getty Images )

Foreign visitation to the U.S. was up 5% in the first five months of the year, compared with the same period in 2010, the U.S. Commerce Department says . . . . Grand Canyon Railway is accepting reservations for its popular Polar Express trips. This year’s nightly runs will depart at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. They begin Nov. 11 . . . .  Davey’s Locker, a Southern California whale watching and sports fishing outfit, also offers burials at sea. Prices start at $250 . . . . Journey plays the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Oct. 8 with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger . . . . I’ve never heard of “Detroit-style hotdogs,” but if that’s your thing, Coney Dog LA serves them up at its new outlet in West Hollywood (8873 Sunset Blvd.) . . . .  The Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 16-18, will honor four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard . . . . Quote of the day:  “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” (James Michener)

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