Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

Plans have been approved to construct the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere in Melbourne, Australia. The 388m-high project is called Australia 108 and will include a six-star hotel. For photos and more information about the project, click here. [Telegraph]

In more skyscraper news this week, plans have been unveiled for the new World Trade Center restaurant and observatory. The top-of-the-tower amenities should open in 2015. [Grubstreet]

British Airways is organizing a hackathon, bringing a select group of Silicon Valley brains on board for a hack at 30,000ft. The participants will be charged with figuring out how to move engineers and scientists from concentrated areas to places where there is a dearth of talent. Their time limit will be the duration of the flight – 11 hours. [Fast Company]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Scotland might become a top choice for destination weddings -- for jedis, that is. According to the terms of the country's newly planned marriage laws, same-sex marriage would be allowed, as well as marriage for groups who do not believe in a particular god. That could include Jedi Knight Society members. [Time]

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has been tapped to design a new desert city for Qatar. The urban creation will be joined to Doha Airport and called Airport City. It is projected to be completed in time for the 2022 World Cup. [Conde Nast Traveller]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Red tape and long queues are cited as reasons why many tourists plan to avoid visiting the US, a new survey shows. Forty-three percent of travellers surveyed who recently visited the US said they would dissuade other foreigners from visiting, citing reasons such as frustration with the lengthy and difficult entry process. [USA Today]

Mexico is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 10 tourism destinations, a title it might soon lose. Drug war violence is believed to have spurred drops in cruise ship stops and tourism at border cities in the past years, which is hurting the country's overall tourism numbers. [AP]

Google, which purchased popular travel guide brand Frommer's last August, will cease printing Frommer's guidebooks. The online bookstore was removed from the site in September, and recently authors were informed Google would no longer be publishing the material. [CNET]

It’s a no-go

India has been prominent in the international news cycle these past weeks because of a string of rape and sexual assault cases. The cases, in which female citizens and tourists were victims, have prompted several countries to update their travel warnings to the country. [Gadling]

Disney theme parks announced this week that children under 14 will not be allowed to enter the parks alone. Minors now will need to be accompanied by someone older than 14, a change effective 23 March. [AP]

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