Latecomers to this week's Republican National Convention still can book hotel rooms in Cleveland, but it will cost them.
About 50,000 out-of-towners are expected to attend the GOP convention this week, including delegates, protesters and the media, according to Destination Cleveland, the local tourism board.
"This is an unprecedented event for Cleveland," said Emily Lauer, senior director of communications at Destination Cleveland and the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee.
Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers' national championship parade and rally in June drew more than 1.3 million to downtown, though more were from northern Ohio than anywhere else. Cleveland has not seen this many out-of-towners since it hosted the 2014 Gay Games when competition brought in more than 20,000 athletes and fans.
The city has about 22,000 hotel rooms available and 16,700 of those are reserved for the GOP convention block.
"I don't know if you can find many hotel rooms that aren't 35 miles to 50 miles from downtown Cleveland," Lauer said.