Hosting North America's Premiere Polka Weekend

December 21, 2009
Polka Band
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.

Hosting North Americas Premiere Polka Weekend


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Dear Mr. Marriott:

Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Do you plan on opening the Paraiso Marriott again? The property is still there. I think it needs to be a Marriott Property again. Fans of the Paraiso Marriott are curious to know.

In the top Floor of the Paraiso Marriott was the Windjammer room. Was it the Mariachi Band Tempo?

I used to work at the Marriott (Paraiso Marriott) in Acapulco in 1982. I'm trying to remember the name of the Italian Band that played in the formal dining room on the top floor. I want to buy an album. Please advise.

Dear Mr. Marriot,

I am highly impressed with the Marriot service and the kind of training imparted to all the associates. Being a hoteleir myself and having worked for Sheraton, Hyatt & Intercontinental I must agree the Marriot excellence cannot be reached by anyone of them.
I wish i could be part of such a lovely team.
For all this I must congratulate you as this has happened under your guidance and direction. I wish you and the team of Marriot continued success in all future endevors

Dear Mr. Marriott,
I have been trying to use Marriott.com to make some reservations. The system is extremely slow and tedious. It takes quite a while for the map to come up and for the calendar dates to work. The system needs to be reworked and updated to become more efficient.

Dear Mr. Marriott,
I am writing to share a wonderful experience that I had in arranging a vacation in St Kitts. I spoke with a wonderful lady in you San Antonio office by phone. Her name is Miracle. She offered me a package that was 1100.00 dollars less than the one that the travel agent I was using and made all of the arrangements for me on the spot. She was warm, friendly and professional. I enjoyed working with her and I needed to say so. Thank you.

This sounds like a fun time. I love strudel too! Is the radio station on the internet? It reminds me of John Candy in some of his films. I'm adding it to my bucket list!