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Hospitality for Habitat 2011

1/18/2011

Maine Innkeepers Association
304 US Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032
info@maineinns.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact information:
Rauni Kew
kewr@glance.net
(207) 865-6100

Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
207-602-850

MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCH ‘HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT’ ENTICING VISITORS TO MAINE WITH 50% OFF ROOM RATES

Innkeepers slash rates to raise funds for Maine Chapters of Habitat for Humanity and promote spring travel to the state

Freeport, ME – January 18, 2011 – Some of Maine’s finest Inns and Resorts will slash their rates by 50% this spring to support Hospitality for Habitat, a Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) program that raises funds for local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of MEIA. Participating Innkeepers all over the state will reduce room rates by half between April 25th and May 27th, 2011 for guests willing to write a $35 donation check payable to Habitat for Humanity.

“Every dollar donated goes to help build homes in Maine for deserving families,” said Dugal. “Travelers taking advantage of the Hospitality for Habitat program have been very generous over the years, and seem to enjoy this opportunity to stay in Maine’s best resorts, hotels and B&B’s at greatly discounted rates.”

This is Hospitality for Habitat’s eighth year, and the program has grown each year since its start up. In 2010, despite the challenging economic climate, Innkeepers and their guests raised over $21,000 for Habitat projects. The Association has donated over $51,000 to Habitat for Humanity since the program began in 2004.

“We are grateful to the Innkeepers and their guests who continue to support this program each year, stated Dugal. “It really is a win, win. This fundraiser helps to bring visitors to the state during what is traditionally a slow time for tourism, gives visitors an opportunity to stay at wonderful properties at terrific rates, and supports a great cause.”

To take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to Habitat for Humanity while experiencing 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 individual property restrictions.

Reservations for accommodation between April 25 and May 27th 2011 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 be given to the 9 Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity to help build homes.

Participating properties currently include: Bar Harbor: Graycote Inn, Mira Monte Inn; Blue Hill: Blue Hill Inn. Boothbay Harbor: Bayside Inn B&B; Flagship Inn. Brooklin: Brooklin Inn. Cape Elizabeth / Greater Portland: Inn by the Sea; Ellsworth: Twilite Motel; Freeport: Captain Briggs House B&B, Harraseeket Inn, James Place Inn; Best Western Freeport. Kennebunkport: Captain Jefferds Inn, Nonantum Resort; Maine Stay Inn & Cottages. Newcastle: Newcastle Inn; Ogunquit: Beachmere Inn, Meadowmere Resort; Ogunquit Inn; Orland: Orland Inn B&B. Rockland: Ripples Inn at the Harbor. Sebasco Estates: Sebasco Harbor Resort; Wells: Village by the Sea Hotel.

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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