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Friday Travel Ticker: Tired of taking off your shoes?

February 10, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Hawaii's hotels did better in 2011. Here, Anlani Tower, a Disney resort on Oahu.
Hawaii's hotels did better in 2011. Here, Anlani Tower, a Disney resort… (David Roark )

Travelers interested in participating in the TSA’s expanded pre-check screening, which pre-approves some passengers to pass through checkpoints without removing shoes and belts – should click here for information. The expanded program was announced Wednesday . . . . Hawaii hotel revenue rose 12.7% last year, according to a report by Hospitality Advisors LLC and Smith Travel Research. Occupancy was 73.4%, up from 70.7% in 2010. The average daily rate was about $189.62, up from $174.84 the previous year . . . . Nationwide, only New York City has higher room rates than Hawaii, Smith Travel Research says . . . . The 20th annual Zinfandel Festival takes place in Paso Robles March 16-18, featuring wine from more than 50 vintners. For info or tickets, go to www.pasowine.com . . . . Northern California’s Mendocino County hosts three Whale Festivals this March: Mendocino Village (March 3-4), Little River (March 10-11) and Fort Bragg (March 17-18). For schedules, visit www.mendowhale.com . . . . The Napa Valley town of Calistoga holds its inaugural Calistoga Spring Jazz Festival, March 10-11 . . . . Through the end of  February, W Los Angeles-Westwood will be offering a $319 Puppy Love Package tied to the Blu-ray release of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.” Guests’ dogs will receive a special bed, bowl and a meatball treat designed by W chefs. Info at www.wlosangeles.com/puppylove . . . . Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum pays tribute to the iconic black leather jacket, in a “Worn to be Wild” exhibit June 16-Sept. 3. Info at www.h-dmuseum.com . . . . Rome had the heaviest snowfall in 25 years last weekend. Travel booking site Off the Beaten Path encourages travelers to review their airline's policies regarding cancellations and postponed flights before heading off to Europe. . . . Travel quote of the day:  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." (Marcel Proust)

 

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