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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Foreign visits up

February 07, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Cirque du Soleil member performs during New York event promoting Vegas food fest.
Cirque du Soleil member performs during New York event promoting Vegas… (Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com )

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that 4.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States in November, an 8%  increase over November 2010 . . . . In honor of its 20th anniversary, Taste of Solvang has expanded to five days, beginning March 14. To purchase tickets, call (800) 719-9106 or go to www.SolvangUSA.com . . . . .Enjoy an evening of seafaring adventures on the big screen Feb. 24 at Aquarium of the Bay’s newly renovated Bay Theater, on Pier 39 in San Francisco. The shorts, animations, full-length feature films and documentaries are the first in the aquarium’s Film and Lecture Series. For more info, go to aquariumofthebay.org. . . . Bon Appetit is staging its sixth Vegas Uncork’d food festival, with 60 restaurants and 30 events, May 10-13. For info and tix, go to vegasuncorked.com. . . . Only in Vegas does a happy hour  run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo is offering a new menu during that period, with specials ranging from $4- $7 . . . . Lonely Planet’s list of the 50 best presidential sites in America doesn’t include Simi Valley’s Reagan Library? Click here to see what you think of their list . . . . If you’ve got an extra 6 grand to kill, Hollywood’s Redbury Hotel is offering a one-night stay and two all-access artist passes to Coachella for that price, on the second weekend, April 20-22. The package includes car service. Call (323) 962-1717 for details or reservations . . . . Vancouver returns to the Disney Cruise Lines schedule for the 2013 season . . . . Tahoe’s Apres wine bar continues its Tuesday Tastings series tonight at 6 p.m.. Five wines, three appetizers, $30. (530) 544-9463 . . . . Travel quote of the day: “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.” ( Yogi Berra)

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