Finally Singapore will be the place welcoming the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The City State is ready and started to ramp up security for the summit, which will take place on Sentosa Island, better knwon from tourists for its tourist attractions including Universal Studios.
According to Singapore newspaper Strait Times, very strict security measures will be in place in key areas across the island next week, especially in Tanglin and Sentosa districts. First security measures should even start from this week end while from June 10 to 14, both Tanglin and Sentosa being declared “special event areas”. While Sentosa will have the Summit hosted at the Capella Singapore hotel, it is expected that Tanglin will welcome both politicians with Donald Trump staying at the Shangri-La and Kim Jong Un at The St Regis Singapore.
The Capella Hotel is an exquisite heritage building which has been meticulously restored and enlarge by star architect Norman Foster which added a structure in eight-shape around the old colonial building.
Off-shore waters surrounding the island as well as Sentosa south-west beaches are part of this special event area. Visitors should expect that restrictions will take place with some activities being curtailed or temporarily closed while security checkpoints will be set up around the three hotel properties selected for the summit.
People, vehicles and vessels entering the gazetted areas may be subject to bag and body checks, while items such as flags, banners and flammable materials will not be allowed, reported the Strait Times.
Meetings of the two politicians might force tour operators to change itineraries in Sentosa at the last minute. Most professionals expect increased travel time to and from the island.
However, most business owners on Sentosa Island that disruption will be kept at a minimum level. So far hotel bookings for Sentosa remained stable for the coming week.
Businesses in Sentosa said that June is the beginning of the peak period for Sentosa, which attracts some 19 million visitors annually. The hosting of the USA-North Korea Summit will definitely help to reinforce the image of Singapore as a safe and efficient MICE destination.