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04/10/06 - MEIA 3rd Annual Hospitality for Habit

4/12/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-8229 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION CONTINUES TO PROMOTE ITS 3rd ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM MEIA asks Maine and its visitors to help raise money to benefit Maine Habitat projects. Freeport, ME – April 10, 2006 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to continue the promotion of the third annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program, designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine; and announce that 37 properties have signed on to the program. Between May 1st and 18th, 2006, 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. MEIA is working closely with seven of the ten Habitat’s affiliate groups in Maine, and all proceeds from this program will be used to fund their projects within the state. Last year, 49 MEIA member properties participated, booking over 250 room nights under the program, and generating more than $4300 for Habitat for Humanity. “We are thrilled with the support we have received so far this year!” exclaimed Greg Dugal, Executive Director, MEIA. “We have had 37 of our members signed up to donate rooms, and they are filling up fast. We are proud of our members, who will go above and beyond to assist the less fortunate in our state,” he continued. This relationship that has been formed between MEIA and Habitat for Humanity is a perfect 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. It’s a great Mother’s Day, birthday or anniversary gift, a “thank you” to a special person, or just a nice spring getaway. Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. Every dollar donated goes to help provide housing for a deserving family here in Maine. 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 2006, 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. 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 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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