G-8 Summit Will Have Major Impact on Savannah

While Sea Island will play home to world powers for the three days of the G-8 Summit, Savannah won't be left out. In fact, the Hostess City will be playing a very public role on the international front.

"The trade center will be hosting the media center, the press center and communication center for the summit," said Bob Coffey, general manager of the Savannah International Trade Center. "This is the type of publicity the City of Savannah cannot buy."

Coffey says thousands of journalists from around the world are expected to be filing stories around the globe from Savannah daily.

The convention center isn't all that'll benefit. The White House advance committee made sure 5,000 hotel rooms would be available.

"We've set aside all of our rooms, all 403 of them, with hopes we'll fill the hotel with G-8 attendees," Mark Spadoni, the Westin's general manager, said. "The ability to showcase Savannah and coastal Georgia is going to pay great dividends in the future."

The Westin and the trade center are already looking for ways to make sure their international guests feel welcome. They want to leave a positive lasting impression.

Reported by Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com