Vicksburg goes historical for 150th
Main Street volunteers in Vicksburg, Miss., are hanging photographs of the city's past in windows of vacant buildings, and offering them to store owners. It's all part of the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg.
The photos will be hung in downtown buildings over the next few weeks.
"We're going to hang them in all the vacant buildings in the district," Main Street executive director Kim Hopkins said. "Store owners will have their own displays, but we're going to ask them to include some of our photographs with their displays."
She said the photos cover periods from before the Civil War until after it, and also include reproductions of newspaper advertisements from different periods.
"We've selected a lot of pictures that should give people a good idea of life in Vicksburg," Hopkins said. "We're hoping the photos will create a lot of interest and attract people to visit the downtown area during the activities connected with the sesquicentennial."
Frommer gets his brand back
Travel guru Arthur Frommer says he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google and he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.
Google acquired the Frommer brand last year from the Wiley publishing company, but last month Skift.com reported that Google was "quietly pulling the plug" on publishing Frommer's books.
Flights set at new Dubai airport
Dubai aviation officials say scheduled passenger flights will begin in October from a new airport in the United Arab Emirates built with the goal of becoming the world's busiest.
Dubai World Central, located about 36 miles southwest of the city's current airport, covers a vast stretch of desert and is envisioned as becoming the main hub for air travel in Dubai in coming decades. But operations have ramped up slowly since cargo flights began in 2010.
Dubai Airports said that passenger flights are scheduled to begin Oct. 27 with Nasair, which flies to Saudi Arabia, and Wizz Air, a budget airline with connections in Europe.
Dubai International Airport handled more than 56.7 million passengers last year and is the world's second-busiest after London's Heathrow.