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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Hawaii forecast strong

July 31, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times staff writer

University of Hawaii economists are predicting visitor arrivals will grow 3% and spending 8% next year. The forecast comes after the Hawaii Tourism Authority said that the industry is on course to break records this year .... London Mayor Boris Johnson, a disheveled, Latin-spouting figure, is so eccentric that one bookmaker offered odds of 33-1 that he would accidentally set his hair on fire with the torch at the Olympic opening .... Through June, 20,745,383 passengers passed through Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport since the beginning of the year, a 1.9% increase over the same period a year ago .... Dock-hopping gets easier in Lake Tahoe later this week with the debut of the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle. Rates starts at $10 for the water taxi, which carries 12 passengers. It runs through the end of September. For info or reservations, go online or call (530) 581-8707 .... California State Parks is training volunteers to lead tours at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Tehachapi. The training sessons begin Aug. 11. Call (661) 946-6900 for more information .... A popular San Francisco seasonal event, Fleet Week, takes over the city during the weekend of Oct. 4-7 with a series of Navy-inspired events, entertainment and the Blue Angels air show. Info: Online or (415) 673-2900 .... Co-Oishi, a 5,600-square-foot Japanese restaurant, is scheduled to open this fall at Hollywood & Highland .... Paso Robles’ Garagiste Festival, dedicated to under-recognized small-lot production wines, takes place Nov. 8-11. Tickets and info available at the festival website .... The San Francisco Giants will host the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park in March 2013. Joe Torre will manage Team USA. Information at sfgiants.com  .... Carmel is offering a self-paced, self-guided wine walk to seven tasting rooms on Ocean Avenue. Call (800) 550-4333 for details, or go online for tickets .... Travel quote of the day: “Age appears to be best in four things: old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” (Francis Bacon)

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