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

Amazing things that should happen more often

The first images of plans for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been unveiled, particularly of the Olympic Park. The same architects who drafted up London’s 2012 Olympic Park also are charged with Rio’s designs. [MailOnline]

No engine? No sail? No problem. The maiden voyage of a solely solar-powered boat is being lauded as the future for marine travel. [BBC]

Whether because of a packed sightseeing schedule or back-to-back business meetings, quality sleep is a priority when on the road. Here are some of the best apps and gadgets on the market to help weary travellers grab the shut-eye they need. [New York Times]

Inflight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

As summer vacations in much of the world come to a close, BBC News Magazine has published the piece Back to work: 10 worst things about post-holiday blues to help commiserate the return to the office. [BBC]

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

The TSA announced expansion of its Precheck programme to 60 new airports this year, bringing the total to 100. Travellers looking to speed through security can opt-in to the programme, which allows them to keep their shoes on and laptops in their bag, among other advantages. [NBC]

While some airlines have been moving to ban children on flights, one recently announced a family-friendly on-board amenity. Etihad Airways is launching a Flying Nanny programme with caretaker staffers to help parents care for babies in-flight. [BBC/Skift]

Denver’s Curtis Hotel is offering a deal for an inflatable, pop-up hotel room hoisted 22ft into the air. Does the stay sound appealing? It comes with a price tag of $50,000 per night. [AP]

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

Unlimited vacation might seem like a generous perk, but in practice it could actually deter employees from taking much-needed holiday time, especially in the US. [Quartz]

With the prevalence of online travel research and booking services, not to mention a multitude of apps, travel agents have had to fight to prove their value in today’s tourism industry. This piece looks at what they’re up against – such as accusations of being “dinosaurs” – and how they have been handling it. [Time]

It’s a no-go

One rattled passenger was so peeved with British Airways for losing his luggage that he purchased a promoted tweet to air his grievances. “Don’t fly @BritishAirways. Their customer service is horrendous”, read the boosted tweet in the New York City and UK markets this week, which caught the eye of a JetBlue higher-up, among others. [Mashable]

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