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02/05/07 - MEIA Introduces the 4th Annual Hospital

2/6/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 THE MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES THE 4TH ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM TO VISITING GUESTS All proceeds will benefit low income families in Maine. Freeport, ME – February 5, 2007 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce that it is kicking off its fourth annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program, designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine. The program, which started in 2004, has been a huge success in raising money for local Maine chapters of the national organization. MEIA invites its members to participate in the program, by offering a certain number of rooms at a discounted half-price rate during the designated promotion period; and when their guests book a room, they are asked to make a $25 donation by check to the program. Last year 40 MEIA member properties participated in the program, totaling 275 room nights; the money they raised ($5500) was a 25 percent increase over the previous year. This year the program will run from May 1st to the 18th. “The relationship that we have now formed with Habitat for Humanity seems like a perfect fit,” said Marian Burns, Owner, Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor. She is also the person who sparked the idea for the project and her property has been one of the most successful in previous years. “The Maine Innkeepers Association members provide lodging for the traveling public; and Habitat for Humanity helps provide lodging for families not otherwise able to afford it. I am anticipating another banner year!” she continued. “Our guests were thrilled that we supported Habitat for Humanity with the special that we offered last year, and they liked that they could help, as well as receive a value for the donation in terms of a discounted room rate,” said Sarah Diment, Owner, The Beachmere Inn. “We even had one guest who had to cancel their reservation at the last minute, but still sent in their check for the cause!” “As the owner of the Inn, this promotion offered me a new incentive to offer to my guests that is a worth while cause and directly helps Mainers. We look forward to participating again,” she continued. This promotion is a great Mother’s Day, birthday or anniversary gift; a “thank you” to a special person; or just a nice spring getaway. Reservations must be made in advance, and the $25 contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. Every dollar donated goes to help provide housing for a deserving family in Maine. For a list of the participating properties, visit the Association’s web site (www.maineinns.com) and click on the “Hospitality for Habitat” logo. There are direct links to each property’s web site for specific details on individual room rates, availabilities, and any restrictions or blackout dates. “We are thrilled to work with our members on this charitable promotion, as it is a worthy cause for low income families here in Maine,” said Greg Dugal. “The support that our members have given is overwhelming and we are looking forward to another successful year, when we hope to double the participation and the donation.” About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2006, Habitat had built its 200,000th house and more than one million people were living in Habitat homes they helped build and had bought with the assistance of no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information can be found online at www.habitat.org. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. ###

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