FTF Honors The Holiday Inn "Family Suites" Concept | My Family Travels

For their family-friendly innovation, successful implementation, and tremendous value, in 2004, FTF acknowledged the inventors of the “family suites” concept that has become a staple at many Holiday Inn resorts.

More than 30 years ago, Henri Landwirth and his partners dreamed of making their Holiday Inn franchise, one of the first near Walt Disney World, more ‘family-friendly.’ Their innovations included a child-sized registration desk and gifts for young guests.

After working with them to develop the Holiday Inn’s successful Sunspree Resort brand, which featured a supervised children’s activity program, beepers for parents, and a kids-only dining area, new partner Terry Whaples created the Kidsuites concept, which gave children and parents their own separate live, play and sleep spaces.

Since its introduction in 1996, these spacious and colorful Kidsuites, our very favorite places to stay, have been built in 20 Holiday Inns worldwide.

At Orlando’s Lake Buena Vista property, the same innovative management team took the concept to a new level with Family Suites, three-room settings sleeping six that cater to the various needs of today’s families, be they single parent or grandparent-led, long-stay guests, newly-weds or ‘traditional’ family travelers.

For their family-friendly innovation, successful implementation, and tremendous value, FTF honors Holiday Inn Family Suites this year.

FTF Editor’s Note: This resort evolved into the first-ever Nickolodeon Family Suites in May 2005 and remains under the same excellent management. The spacious KidSuites have been redecorated and the pools are filled with waterslides. The major difference is, you’re more likely to be slimed than you were before!


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