Good luck to people still looking for a hotel room this week - they'll need it. Few rooms are available at this point for what is possibly the biggest week of the year in terms of Summit County tourism.
The World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational, Pro Football Fall of Fame Festival and Twin Days all in the same few days this week add up to no vacancies, but big bucks in the Akron-Canton area. Akron-Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau President Gregg Mervis says the economic impact is in the $20 million range.
"Flights in, car rentals, for staging of the events, for restaurants, entertaining - think about all those corporations bringing people in from all over the country - it's significant," said Mervis.
And he says the golf classic, in particular, is envied by many other cities that actively try to snatch it away from Akron. That means they regularly work to continue selling Akron to top decision makers.
"We, as a community, have to step up and we do," said Mervis. "We've done that for decades now for this particular event and the sponsors have to step up and they do."
Mervis is glad that at least two new hotels are coming to Akron because this busy week always emphasizes the need for more beds.