• ‘Disputes’ see loss of three InterContinentals

This year's annual International Hotel Investment Forum, due to be hosted at the InterContinental Berlin next month, could be the last to be held under the flag, as the hotel looks set to leave InterContinental Hotel Group's system from 1 April.

The hotel is one of three InterContinental hotels which the company manages in Germany for Neue Dorint – the other two being in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Both parties have been reluctant to outline the issues between the two which have led to the decision, complaining of "disputes" over the hotels' operation.

Neue Dorint, which leases the hotels from the property owners, said that "for some time" there had been legal disputes between itself and IHG. The group added that it was currently negotiating "intensively with renowned internationally operational hotel groups with regard to the locations concerned" and was considering operating them under its Dorint Hotels & Resorts brand.

Jennifer Fox, IHG's COO for continental Europe, said: "We've been in dispute with Neue Dorint since November 2009.  Unless we can resolve this dispute, we'll terminate our management agreements on the InterContinental Berlin, the InterContinental Cologne and the InterContinental Dusseldorf.  Despite our best efforts to resolve the issues, we can no longer continue to work with Neue Dorint as our business partner."

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