07/19/06 - MEIA 3rd Hospitality for Habitat a Succ
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Greg Dugal, Executive Director
Maine Innkeepers Association
MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION REPORTS 3RD
ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM A SUCCESS
Freeport, ME – July 19, 2006 – 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 third 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 38 MEIA members, who offered a designated number of their rooms at half price from May 1 – May 18. 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 over $5500 for Habitat for Humanity, which is substantially more than last year.
The idea for the project came from Marian Burns, owner of the Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor. The Mira Monte Inn alone accounted for $540 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 were The Harraseeket Inn, Freeport that raised $930 and Nonantum Resort that raised $600.
“Our guests were thrilled that we supported Habitat for Humanity with the special that we offered, and they liked that they could help, as well as receive a value for the donation in terms of a discounted room rate,” said Sarah Diment, Owner, The Harraseeket Inn. “We even had one guest who had to cancel their reservation at the last minute, but still sent in their check for Habitat for Humanity!”
“As the owner of the Inn, this promotion offered me a new incentive to offer to my guests that is a worth while cause and directly helps Mainers. We will participate again!” Diment continued.
“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 140 checks from 38 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.