It was the site of a milestone 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. It has also previously hosted former Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush in addition to multiple defense officials from across the globe for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defense summit that had Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as this year’s keynote speaker.
A Shangri-La spokesperson told CNBC that it wasn’t currently in a position to comment on matters related to the June 12 event.
Regardless of venue, the property’s management will likely still go through extra preparations and arrange additional safety mechanisms said R. Krish, director of operations at security services firm Armour Security.
Washington and Pyongyang have yet to provide confirmation on where the meeting will be held. In the latest update, the White House on Monday said Trump and Kim will meet at 9 a.m. Singapore time on June 12, adding that preparations were still ongoing.
If the summit venue is a hotel, it’s not clear whether the leaders will stay overnight or retreat to different hotels.
North Korean official Kim Chang Son and Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, arrived in the Southeast Asian city-state last week to finalize planning. Kim Chang Son is staying in the Fullerton Hotel with his team, a potential indicator that Kim Jong Un himself might sleep there.
Before the “special event area” was announced, many believed the Capella Hotel — where Kim Chang Son and Hagin recently held talks — could be chosen as the summit venue. Also in the running was the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, which hosted the 2006 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings.