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04/12/04 - MEIA Program Benefitting Habitat for Hu

4/19/2004

Press Contact information: Sara Brazer, Brazer Communications (207) 797-3363 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION PROGRAM BENEFITING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GETS HIGH MARKS FROM TRAVELERS April 12, 2004 - Freeport, ME - The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of tourism information to both the state's lodging industry and its visitors, reports that its new program designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity is well underway, and proving popular with both innkeepers and travelers. "The offer is very simple," states MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. "Between May 1 and 9, 2004, participating member properties are offering a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity International." So far, more than 60 properties of all types are participating, and checks are already being sent to Habitat. One inn reports that a frequent guest from Tennessee sent a check, even though she is unable to travel to New England this Spring! Another inn says that a caller told them "I always look for projects that benefit Habitat for Humanity!" For a list of the participating properties, visit the Association's web site at www.maineinns.com and click on the "Hospitality for Habitat" logo. There are direct links to each property's web site, with specific details on room availabilities, rates, and other information. 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." "It's a great Mother's Day gift," he adds. 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're pleased to be benefiting such a worthy cause." 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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