We keep you posted on the latest travel news. This week: Chile will get an extra 10 million acres of parkland; the UK and US announce an electronics ban on inbound flights from MENA hubs; a new species of crustacean is named after Sir David Attenborough; and the UK’s Eden Project will start work on a £8.5 million eco-friendly hotel.

Chile gets an extra 10 million acres of national parkland

Three new national parks will open in Chile according to a new agreement, which sees the Chilean government donating nine million acres of land. A further million acres will be donated by Kristine McDivett Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia Clothing and the widow of Doug Tompkins, co-founder of the North Face clothing brand and a conservationist who dedicated much of his life to national park creation in Patagonia. Aside from the new national parks, the agreement also involves the expansion of three existing parks and turning small forested areas into larger national parks. 43,000 jobs will be created for locals. – Source: lonelyplanet.com.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, the most popular park in the country.

UK and US governments announce ban of certain electronics on flights from MENA countries

The UK has followed the lead of the US in banning laptops and tablets in cabin luggage on inbound flights from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tunisia. In addition to Turkey, Jordan, Saudi and Egypt, the US ban applies to Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, but not Tunisia and Lebanon. The ban has been described as a security-related measure and it only applies to inbound flights. It does affect those transferring in hubs such as Istanbul or – en route to the US – Dubai. Most smart phones will be ok to keep in the cabin, but any electronics over 16cm long or 9.3cm wide will have to be checked into the hold. – Source: bbc.com.

New regulation means that passengers flying to the US or UK from certain MENA hubs will have to stow electronics larger than a standard smartphone in the hold.

New species of crustacean to be named after Sir David Attenborough

Scientists from Oxford, Leicester and Yale universities and Imperial College London have named a new species of crustacean identified from a 430-million-year-old fossil found in Herefordshire cascolus ravitis. ‘Cascolus’ is taken from the Latin for the old English words that make up ‘Attenborough’, and ‘ravitis’ comes from the Roman word for Leicester, where Sir David Attenborough grew up. The name was given to Sir David in honour of his 90th birthday last year. – Source: smithsonianmag.com.

Eden Project will build a £8.5 million eco-friendly hotel

A plan for the building of an eco-friendly hotel at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK has been given the green light after it was rejected by the local council. The hotel will have 109 rooms and will be designed by Tate Harmer, a firm specialising in environmentally sustainable structures. The building will use Cornish timber and stone, and will incorporate existing features of the site, such as ancient trees and stone walls, as well as adding an orchard and a meadow. The opening is slated for April 2018 and the project is estimated to cost £8.5 million ($10.6 million). – Source: telegraph.co.uk.

Eden Project, Cornwall, UK.
Eden Project, Cornwall, UK.