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Hospitality for Habitat 2010 Booking Now

3/22/2010

For Immediate Release Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 kewr@glance.net Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association 207-865-6100 Give While Getting Away to Maine this Spring Reservations coming in for spring vacations as Maine Innkeepers slash rates by 50% in support of Habitat for Humanity Projects Freeport, ME –March 20, 2010 –Getaway to Maine this spring and enjoy a 50% reduction in room rates by simply writing a donation check for $35 to one of the many fine hotels, resorts and B&B’s participating in the 7th annual ‘Hospitality for Habitat’ program. This fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity projects is organized by the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) and has proved successful in encouraging spring travel to the state since the program’s inception in 2004. Reservations are already coming in as visitors to Maine take advantage of this opportunity to visit some of Maine's best hotels at greatly reduced rates according to MEIA Executive Director, Greg Dugal. “Hospitality for Habitat has grown each year, and early bookings suggest this will be the best year yet. Some hotels reported getting calls from guests requesting to make Habitat reservations even before this year’s program was even launched! Travelers to Maine appreciate both the deeply discounted May rates, as well as the opportunity to support such a great cause.” The program is simple- Innkeepers all over Maine, participating in the seventh annual Hospitality for Habitat, will reduce their room rates on selected accommodation by half between April 26th and May 28th, 2010 in exchange for a $35 donation check payable to Habitat for Humanity. Every dollar donated goes to help build homes for deserving families. The Association has donated over $30,000 to support Habitat projects in Maine since the program began. For the first time, a portion of the funds raised this year will also be distributed to Habitat for Humanity projects in Haiti. 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 frequently updated list of participating properties. Direct Links to each property will provide information on specific room rates, availability, and restrictions. Reservations for accommodation between April 26 and May 28th 2010 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 goes directly to support Habitat for Humanity projects. Participating properties currently include: Bar Harbor: Graycote Inn, Mira Monte Inn; Bass Harbor: Bass Harbor Cottages & Country Inn; Bridgton: Pleasant Mountain Inn; Pleasant View Too B&B; Camden/Lincolnville: Camden Riverhouse; Inn at Ocean’s Edge; Cape Elizabeth / Greater Portland: Inn by the Sea; Deer Isle: Pilgrim’s Inn; Ellsworth: Twilite Motel; Freeport: Best Western Freeport Inn; Brewster House B&B; Captain Briggs House B&B, Harraseeket Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, White Cedar Inn; Harpswell: Common Table ; Harpswell Inn; Kennebunkport: Captain Jefferds Inn, Colony Hotel, Maine Stay Inn & Cottages, Nonantum Resort; Newcastle: Flying Cloud B&B, Newcastle Inn; Ogunquit: Beachmere Inn, Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit Inn; Sebasco Estates: Sebasco Harbor Resort; Waldoboro: Blue Skye Farm Wells: Village by the Sea Hotel; York Beach: Sunrise Motel 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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