FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Rauni Kew 207-602-8500 Greg Dugal CEO/President Maine Innkeepers Association 207-213-2060 Leanne Hewey of Vacationland Inn Wins Maine Innkeepers Association Special Service Award Augusta Maine- December 14 2014….The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) presented Leeanne Hewey of The Vacationland Inn with the 2014 Special Service Award at their annual meeting held at Point Lookout Resort in Northport on November 6th announced MEIA President and CEO Greg Dugal. This award is presented annually to a person who has actively contributed to the hospitality industry as a whole. The inscription on the award reads: “Leeanne requested that her state legislator introduce a bill that would exempt innkeepers from being landlords. Not only did she introduce the bill but it sailed through committee and the Legislature with Leeanne’s and her employers’ compelling testimony.” Hewey is the General Manager of the inn owned by Cheryl and Ross Bradford. She started out doing marketing for the inn and that talent landed the inn in an episode of Hotel Impossible. Hewey’s career in marketing has also been rewarded with a national award from the Cable Advertising Bureau in 2006. Leeanne also serves her community by assisting with underwriting and development for the Lighthouse Radio Network a Maine faith based radio company. Hewey’s affiliation with the Maine Innkeepers Association is her service on the Annual Meeting and Conference Committee. She also requested that her representative to the Maine House Arthur Verow introduce a bill to exclude licensed innkeepers from landlord-tenant provisions of Maine State Statute. The bill successfully passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the Governor. This has been and will continue to be a tremendous help to inns hotels and motels offering clarification of laws around long term guests. Photo: Leanne Hewey is presented with the Special Service Award by Peter Daigle CEO of Lafayette Hotels at the annual meeting of the Maine Innkeepers Association. 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 700 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 Augusta ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com ###