Just a few weeks ago, over the Thanksgiving holiday, our Cleveland Marriott Downtown hosted the city’s annual Polka Festival for the 18th year in a row. It’s a huge, lively event held in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Polka Hall of Fame.
It takes place every year, beginning on the Thursday of Thanksgiving and lasting through that Sunday. People from all over the U.S., Canada and Europe come to celebrate what is touted as North America’s Premiere Polka Weekend with 15 leading Polka bands and delicious menu items like Slovenian sausage, German potato salad and strudel.
The event has been organized for the past 48 years by Tony Petkovsek, the host of America’s longest running daily Polka radio show, and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to host this event at our hotel every year since 1991.
Not only is the event a great piece of business -- it accounts for over 500 room nights every year -- it’s also a favorite of many of our people. Some members of the hotel staff have worked this event since Tony began holding the festival there and look forward to it every single year.
It’s an event that has stood the test of time. No matter the economic, social or political climate, polka fanatics from across the world migrate to Cleveland every year for this occasion. In fact, this week, we presented Tony with the contract to host his 20th consecutive Polka festival with us in 2011 – a great milestone!
I want to thank him for his continued loyalty to Marriott and for giving us the pleasure of hosting this fantastic event at our hotel year after year. We look forward to hosting many, many more.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.