March 13, 2011
FILE - In a April 12, 2004 file photo, Marc Friday, general manager of the Planters Inn, poses at the entrance of the hotel in Savannah, Ga. Friday has made several recent new hires _ two desk clerks, two housekeepers and an extra breakfast attendant. Savannah has fared better than most Georgia cities during the recession, thanks to having the nation's fourth-busiest container port and a hefty population of military personnel from Hunter Army Airfield and the Coast Guard. Now the coastal city's other big industry, tourism, is roaring back after a profitable 2010. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)
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Hotels are hiring new desk clerks and housekeepers in anticipation of a spring tourist boom in Savannah, while even a rural Georgia city devastated by manufacturing losses is putting some people back to work as construction begins on a new $57 million private prison.