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02/09/04 - MEIA Habitat for Humanity Program

3/10/2004

February 9, 2004 - Freeport, ME - The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of tourism information to both the state's lodging industry and its visitors, announces a new program designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, while seeking to encourage spring tourism in Maine. "The offer is very simple," states MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. "Between May 1 and 9, 2004, participating member properties will offer a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity International." Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1975 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. Their website is www.habitat.org. Dugal continues, "We're very excited about this program. We see it as a marvelous fit. MEIA members provide lodging for the traveling public and Habitat for Humanity provides low-income families the opportunity to earn "lodging" or homes they might not otherwise be able to afford. The public also gets to visit some of Maine's very best properties at half the usual cost." Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. For a list of the participating properties, visit the Association?s web site www.maineinns.com and click on the Hospitality for Habitat link. There are direct links to each property?s web site, for specific details on individual room availabilities, rates, and any restrictions or blackout dates. MEIA President Ron Churchill, owner of Bear Spring Camps in Rome, Maine, is excited about the project. "It has a wonderful feel to it, and the potential for so much good. We hope those who enjoy visiting Maine will participate." 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.

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