07/10/07 - 4th Hospitality for Habitat a Success!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact information:
Sara Brazer, Brazer Communications
Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION REPORTS 4TH
ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM A SUCCESS
Freeport, ME – July 10, 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 its fourth annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program was a complete success.
The project, that was designed to raise money for local Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity, attracted more than 30 MEIA members, who offered a designated number of their rooms at half price from May 1 – May 18. In return, guests donated a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity for each room paid for at half price. The promotion not only helped with spring hospitality numbers, but also helped raise a total of over $6000 for Habitat for Humanity.
The idea for the project came from Marian Burns, owner of the Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor, whose Inn alone accounted for $430 of the money raised this year.
“It seems a perfect fit,” says Ms. Burns. “The Maine Innkeepers Association members provide lodging for the traveling public; Habitat for Humanity helps provide lodging for families not otherwise able to afford it.”
The three other large contributors to this program were the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, raising a record amount of $2000; the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport raised $875, the Oakland House Seaside Resort raised $700 and the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit raised $500.
“Our guests were thrilled that we supported Habitat for Humanity with the special that we offered, 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. “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!”
“We’re delighted that so many of our members stepped up to help us with this project again this year,” stated Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA, as he counted up the approximately 150 checks from 31 participating properties. “And we hope the next time we do this, we can at least double that amount.” “We seem to have hit a chord with people - guests get a real deal on a nice stay, and they help a very good cause at the same time,” he continued.
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 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. 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.