Planeteer: Turkey’s pistachio-powered city, MERS virus reaches Asia, Byron Bay’s Bluesfest kicks off

Airship. Image by Nubobo / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Turkey plans a city powered by pistachio nuts, the deadly MERS virus reaches Asia and Bluesfest in Byron Bay begins.

Asia & the Pacific
The Americas
Middle East & Africa
Weird, odd & just plain fun


17 April is…
Evacuation Day, marking the end of French rule in Syria
Flag Day, American Samoa

And this weekend is…
Easter weekend
Beijing Marathon on Sunday
Boston Marathon on Monday


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo Cooke, James Smart, Brana Vladisavljevic, Kate Morgan, Anna Tyler and Gemma Graham.

Airship. Image by Nubobo / CC BY 2.0

British company builds biggest ever aircraft
Airships – Zeppelin-style aircraft lifted by lighter-than-air gases – were a major form of travel in the early 20th century. Now there are only around 40 functioning airships around the world. A British company is aiming to change that with the 300ft Airlander 10, which will be the world’s biggest aircraft, combining helium with features of hovercraft and modern planes – it’s also a relatively cheap way of transporting goods and people. Read more:

Norwegian Airlines cabin crew poised to strike
More than 1300 Norwegian Air cabin crew could take industrial action if Norway’s Parat Union is unable to reach a deal with the airline over a working agreement. A strike is set for 30 April if a ‘collective bargaining agreement’ isn’t reached. Read more:

Serbia’s peace dance to mark WWI battle anniversary
A symbolic peace kolo (traditional chain dance) will be performed around the Kolubara Lake in Serbia on 14 September to mark 100 years since the famous WWI Battle of Kolubara between the Kingdom of Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The organisers are hoping to have at least 10,000 participants in order to break a Guinness World Record. Read more:

Plans announced for Turkey’s first pistachio-powered city
Turkey has announced plans for its first ‘eco-city’, which will include public buildings heated by burning pistachio shells. The shells are abundant to the Antep region and have a 19.26 calorific value/kg, which makes them the best local energy source. The town will be built over a 3200-hectare area on Turkey’s border with Syria. Read more:

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Image by Alquiler de Coches / CC BY 2.0

Spain the destination of choice for holidaying Brits this weekend
Spain is the most popular destination for British travellers this Easter weekend, with airports seeing a big increase in traffic. British Prime Minister David Cameron is spending the Easter break in Lanzarote, where he has been pictured with a surfboard. Read more:

Sochi to get first Extreme Hotel in 2015
Russia’s first Extreme Hotel will open in Sochi in 2015 on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The Russian location was chosen along …read more


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