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Hospitality for Habitat 2009 Successfully Underway

3/16/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207.602.8500 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeeers Association 207.865.6100 The Maine Innkeepers Association ‘Hospitality for Habitat’ 2009 Now Taking Reservations for Great Travel Deals while Supporting A Great Cause Maine Innkeepers team up with Habitat for Humanity to offer great rates to visitors & help build homes for Maine families Freeport, ME – March 16, 2009 – The Maine Innkeepers Association’s (MEIA) ‘Hospitality for Habitat 2009’ program, offering visitor’s to Maine a 50% discount on room rates, is off to a great start, announced MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. Participating Innkeepers all over the state have slashed rates in half between May 1st and May 22nd, and are currently taking reservations for deeply discounted spring accommodations in exchange for a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity. “Hospitality for Habitat opens the door to experiencing some of Maine’s finest hotels, resorts and B&B’s at deeply discounted rates- it’s the best way to try an Inn for the first time or return to a favorite,” said Dugal. “In this economic environment travelers are looking for value before making plans, and Hospitality for Habitat offers them both deeply discounted rates and an opportunity to give back to the region where they vacation in a significant way.” Habitat for Humanity and the state’s hospitality community first teamed up to offer discounted room rates to travelers in exchange for a donation to help build homes for low income Maine families in 2004. The ‘Hospitality for Habitat’ program is simple- Innkeepers offer guests a 50% reduction on accommodations in early spring in exchange for one, tax deductable, $35 donation check for the duration of their stay, made out to Habitat for Humanity. The program has grown each year, and last year’s donation checks were enough to finish the interiors of six Habitat homes, according to Richard Lindgren of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. “The completed homes home represent an enormous change for the better in the life of those six families,” he stated. “We hope this will be our best year yet,” said Dugal. “Visitors to the state are searching for good travel deals now, more than ever. Hospitality for Habitat is a winning combination -travelers enjoy a wonderful Maine getaway and benefit from terrific rate cuts, while Innkeeper’s fill rooms in 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 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.

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