Singapore hotels feed on the summit buzz, seeing higher occupancy and serving special drinks and dishes.
As it emerged that the Trump-Kim summit would take place on June 12 at Sentosa’s Capella Hotel in Singapore, hotels in and around the “special event areas” began rolling out their own related events while anticipating higher occupancy, TTG Asia reports.
Royal Plaza on Scotts, for example, has seen “an increase of 15% in hotel bookings in the past week since the announcement” that the Tanglin area could be an event area for the summit, the hotel’s general manager Patrick Fiat said.
Royal Plaza on Scotts is down the road from the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, which was shortlisted as one of the summit venues and may host “lead-in activities and social events” connected with the summit.
Royal Plaza’s Scotts Lounge has launched a Trump Kim Burger and Summit Iced Tea between June 8 and 15, combining American and Korean culinary elements like a chicken-and-kimchi burger. Even the prices allude to the date – S$12 (€7.65) for the burger, S$6 for the iced tea.
“We are currently 75% filled,” Fiat said. “The hotel expects to run above 90% during the summit.”
Other restaurants in Singapore have launched summit-themed dishes, such as a Trump Kim-Chi rice dish by Harmony Nasi Lemak, and the ‘El Trumpo’ cheeseburger and ‘Rocket Man’ Korean fried chicken tacos at Lucha Loco.
Meanwhile, tour operators have not been shying away from Singapore during the period of the summit – even rerouting their stops there. The president and chief executive of Albatross World, Crystal Sim, says that none of her clients are avoiding Singapore during the summit period.
But the gazetted areas for the summit as well as hotspots like the Istana – the official residence of the president of Singapore – are being regarded as “places to keep clear of”, she says, although only for one or two days.
Sim also says she believes that this important event will encourage more business meetings to be held in Singapore in the future.