ATLANTA -- Bass Hotels & Resorts, based here, formed a joint
venture with Germany's Dorint Hotels & Resorts to develop and
manage select Inter-Continental and Dorint properties in major
"The parties will be equal partners in the joint venture, which
will pair an Inter-Continental with a Dorint hotel in various
cities," according to a Bass spokesman.
"This will allow both brands to retain their individual
identities while sharing management staff and expertise."
The first pair of hotels to be operated by the joint venture
includes the Inter-Continental Berlin and the Dorint Schweizerhof
Berlin, which opened last summer on a site across the street from
"From this summer, the two hotels will be operated as one unit,"
the spokesman said, "but still under their respective brand names
and their own standards.
"Sales, reservations systems and marketing will remain separate,
but operational synergies will be derived from combining
administration, yield management, accounting, purchasing and
The next project will be in Cologne, where the existing
Stadthaus will be rebuilt and opened as an Inter-Continental next
year, to be paired with the nearby Dorint Kongress Hotel, the