06/23/05 - 2nd Hospitality for Habitat a success
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION REPORTS 2ND ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM A SUCCESS
Freeport, ME – June 23, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce that its second annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program was a complete success.
The project, that was designed to raise money for local Maine chapters of Habitat for Humanity, attracted more than 49 MEIA members, who offered a designated number of their rooms at half price from May 1 – May 15. In return, guests donated a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity for each room paid for at half price. The promotion managed not only to help with spring hospitality numbers, but also helped raise a total of $4390 for Habitat for Humanity, which is almost double from last year.
The idea for the project came from Marian Burns, owner of the Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor; who collected $680 for the project.
“It seems a perfect fit,” says Ms. Burns. “The Maine Innkeepers Association members provide lodging for the traveling public; Habitat for Humanity helps provide lodging for families not otherwise able to afford it.”
The two other large contributors to this program was The Harraseeket Inn, Freeport that raised $750 and The Inn at Bath that raised $725.
“I love the Habitat for Humanity Programs and have always wanted to do more for them,” said Elizabeth Knowlton, Owner, The Inn at Bath. “This is a wonderful program that the Maine Innkeepers Association has put together, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
“We’re delighted that so many of our members stepped up to help us with this project again this year,” stated Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA, as he counted up the approximately 115 checks from 49 participating properties. “And we hope the next time we do this, we can at least double that amount.” “We seem to have hit a chord with people - guests get a real deal on a nice stay, and they help a very good cause at the same time,” he continued.
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.