MEIA Launches Hospitality for Habitat 2009
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Rauni Kew 207.602.8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
THE MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES
2009 ‘HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT’ PROGRAM
AS ‘GIVING GETAWAYS’ GROW IN POPULARITY
Maine Innkeepers support Habitat for Humanity with 50% rate cuts to help build homes for low income families in Maine
Freeport, ME – January 25, 2009 – Maine Innkeepers all over the state will cut their rates by 50% this spring to support ‘Hospitality for Habitat’, a program which raises funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of the Maine Innkeepers Association. (MEIA)
The sixth annual Hospitality for Habitat program will run from May 1st to May 22nd, 2009 with participating MEIA members offering half priced, discounted room rates to guests in exchange for a $35 donation check payable to Habitat for Humanity.
“Hospitality for Habitat offers visitors to Maine an opportunity to give back to the community where they enjoy spending their vacations in a significant way,” said Greg Dugal, Executive Director for MEIA. “And it’s a terrific way to experience Maine’s best hotels, inns and B&B’s at deeply discounted rates. This should be a banner year for the program as guests are looking, even more than ever, for value in their travel plans.”
Maine’s hospitality community first teamed up with Habitat for Humanity in 2004 to help build homes for low income families in Maine. The ‘Hospitality for Habitat’ program has benefited from the popularity of travelers wanting to “give while getting away,” and the program has grown every year since its inception.
In 2008 The Maine Innkeepers Association was able to fund the finishing of six Habitat house interiors with donations from the program, according to Richard Lindgren of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. “Every completed Habitat home represents an enormous change for the better in someone’s life,” he stated.
“We’re delighted that so many of our members step up each year with discounted room rates to help build homes for deserving families in Maine,” stated Dugal. “The program continues to gain popularity with both Innkeepers and travelers. Visitors to Maine enjoy great rates and a wonderful vacation while Innkeepers fill beds in the early spring- and together they support a great cause.”
To take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to a great cause while visiting some of Maine’s finest inns, hotels and B&B’s at affordable rates, visit The Maine Innkeepers web page at www.maineinns.com . Click on the Hospitality for Habitat Logo for a complete list of participating properties. Direct Links to each property will provide information on specific room rates, availability, and restrictions. Reservations should be made in advance and donations for $35 should be given to the Innkeeper, made in the form of a check, and written out to Habitat for Humanity. Every dollar donated will help build houses for low income families in Maine.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter, 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 700 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.