The Maine Innkeepers Association held its 94th Annual Meeting and Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Nov. 4 and 5. The 2015 Annual MEIA Awards were presented to seven members of the tourism industry who had contributed to the lodging/hospitality and tourism industry in the state.

Jim Ostrowski, innkeeper/owner of the Inns at Blackberry Common in Camden, received the Innkeeper of the Year award. This award annually recognizes an active innkeeper who has significantly contributed to the development of the Maine Innkeepers Association. Ostrowski is a past board chair for Maine Innkeepers Association, as well as for the Camden Bed and Breakfast Association. He runs the two Inns with the help of his wife and partner, Cyndi.