The guessing game is finally over. After speculators were thrown off the scent by a decision to designate the Shangri-la hotel a “special event area” for next week, a more secluded location has been officially announced as the venue for the highly-anticipated US-North Korea summit, planned for June 12.
The White House late Tuesday night confirmed the selection of the Capella Hotel, located on a resort enclave accessible to Singapore’s main island by a single causeway.
“The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island.” Trump administration press secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a tweet. “We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality.”
The confirmation came after the Singapore government earlier in the week made public the cordoning off of the island and surrounding waters as a “special event area,” effective from June 10 to June 14.
There is a separate zone – covering an area including the Capella resort and Universal Studios Singapore – marked off on maps provided by the Singapore government, which will be subject to stricter security checks.
The hotel – which boasts more than 100 rooms, ranging in price from around US$500 per night to US$7,500 for a presidential manor – was restored in part from late 19th-century British colonial buildings.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s parley is scheduled to begin at 9 am on the morning of Tuesday, June 12. The unprecedented event would mark the first-ever meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.