No detail too small to ensure smooth Trump-Kim summit

From top: The library where Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un met one-on-one; the dining room where the US and North Korean delegations had lunch; the courtyard where the two leaders shook hands; and the dining room of Cassia restaurant where they s
Tthe dining room of Cassia restaurant where they signed the joint statement.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
From top: The library where Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un met one-on-one; the dining room where the US and North Korean delegations had lunch; the courtyard where the two leaders shook hands; and the dining room of Cassia restaurant where they s
The library where Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un met one-on-one.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
From top: The library where Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un met one-on-one; the dining room where the US and North Korean delegations had lunch; the courtyard where the two leaders shook hands; and the dining room of Cassia restaurant where they s
The dining room where the US and North Korean delegations had lunch.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
From top: The library where Mr Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un met one-on-one; the dining room where the US and North Korean delegations had lunch; the courtyard where the two leaders shook hands; and the dining room of Cassia restaurant where they s
The courtyard where the two leaders shook hands.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

For three weeks, Capella staff laboured to get hotel in top shape for Trump-Kim meeting

From table flower arrangements to the titles on the bookshelf that served as a backdrop for the first tete-a-tete between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, no detail was too small for the team at Capella Singapore when it came to ensuring the historic meeting would go smoothly - at least on its end.

The hotel played host to what many have dubbed the "meeting of the century" on Tuesday, and what made an already challenging task even more difficult was that the hotel was given only about three weeks for an event that would normally take months of preparations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'No detail too small to ensure smooth summit'. Print Edition | Subscribe