04/01/05 - 2nd Annual Hospitality for Habitat
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Maine Innkeepers Association
MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM
Freeport, ME – April 11, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, announces its second annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program, designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine.
“The offer is very simple,” states MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. “Between May 1 and 15, 2005, 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.” This year, MEIA is working closely with six of Habitat’s affiliate groups in Maine, and all proceeds from this program will be used to fund their projects within the state.
So far, more than 45 properties of all types are participating, and checks will be sent to local Maine Habitat chapters as soon as they are received. This money will aid local residents in need of housing immediately. Most of the inns are reporting bookings at a higher level than last year, which will result in a more sizable contribution to potential homeowners across the State of Maine.
“We’re very excited about this program. We see it as a marvelous fit — MEIA members provide lodging for the traveling public. Habitat for Humanity provides low-income families the opportunity to earn “lodging” — homes — they might not otherwise be able to afford. And the public gets to visit some of Maine’s very best properties at half the usual cost,” Dugal continues. “It’s a great Mother’s Day gift, birthday or anniversary gift, a “thank you” to a special person, or just a nice Spring getaway. And this year, every dollar donated goes to help provide housing for a deserving family here in Maine.”
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” logo. There are direct links to each property’s web site, for specific details on individual room availabilities, rates, and any restrictions or blackout dates.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. 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 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.