Mark Footer

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Mark Footer

Editor, Post Magazine

Mark Footer joined the Post in 1999, having been the magazine and book buyer for Tower Records in Hong Kong. He started on the business desk before moving over to Post Magazine in 2007.

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Destinations known | Only 3 East Asia hotels made Tripadvisor’s 2022 best ‘out of the ordinary’ list – what they are, and the 7 properties topping the chart

Three hotels in East Asia – two in Thailand, one in South Korea – made the list of 25, which included properties in France, the Maldives, Brazil, Morocco and Spain.

Three hotels in East Asia – two in Thailand, one in South Korea – made the list of 25, which included properties in France, the Maldives, Brazil, Morocco and Spain.

18 May 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | New cable cars in Vietnam are springing up across the country. But not everyone is on board

Cable cars are springing up across Vietnam, but operators stand accused of driving environmental decline and providing little benefit for local communities.

Cable cars are springing up across Vietnam, but operators stand accused of driving environmental decline and providing little benefit for local communities.

11 May 2022 - 12:31PM
Destinations known | Chinese tourists name Russia on list of most desired destinations, but when will people in China actually be able to travel internationally again?

Southeast Asia, Europe and Japan are also on the list, part of a McKinsey survey, but when will people in China actually be able to travel internationally again?

Southeast Asia, Europe and Japan are also on the list, part of a McKinsey survey, but when will people in China actually be able to travel internationally again?

4 May 2022 - 2:07PM
Destinations known | Asia-Pacific’s winners and losers as tourists satisfy pent-up demand for travel

Tourism in Asia-Pacific is widely forecast to rebound, but the road to recovery could be bumpy, with tens of millions of workers having left the industry, and uneven, with some places bouncing back quicker than others.

Tourism in Asia-Pacific is widely forecast to rebound, but the road to recovery could be bumpy, with tens of millions of workers having left the industry, and uneven, with some places bouncing back quicker than others.

27 Apr 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | North Korea demolishes Singapore-built floating hotel doomed to fail, along with other South Korean tourist facilities at Mount Kumgang

Launched in 1998, the hotel, which operated in Australia and Vietnam before mooring in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang recreational area, was buffeted by a series of unfortunate events.

Launched in 1998, the hotel, which operated in Australia and Vietnam before mooring in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang recreational area, was buffeted by a series of unfortunate events.

20 Apr 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | Where sustainable tourism is rewarded with special cultural experiences – welcome to Palau

The Republic of Palau has launched a new sustainable tourism initiative whereby visitors who do things like use reef-safe sunscreen gain access to unique cultural experiences.

The Republic of Palau has launched a new sustainable tourism initiative whereby visitors who do things like use reef-safe sunscreen gain access to unique cultural experiences.

25 Apr 2022 - 3:08AM
Destinations known | As Singapore-Malaysia border fully reopens, how Singaporeans felt making the crossing for the first time in 2 years

Singaporeans were delighted to cross into Malaysia for the first time in two years on April 1, excited to see friends and family, and go shopping in Johor Bahru.

Singaporeans were delighted to cross into Malaysia for the first time in two years on April 1, excited to see friends and family, and go shopping in Johor Bahru.

6 Apr 2022 - 12:26PM
Destinations known | Asia-Pacific travel is reopening but Russia’s restricted air space is adding to climate woes and pushing up the price of tickets

More countries are accepting tourists who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 without insisting on quarantines, but Russia’s restricted airspace is pushing up the price of flight tickets.

More countries are accepting tourists who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 without insisting on quarantines, but Russia’s restricted airspace is pushing up the price of flight tickets.

30 Mar 2022 - 7:01PM
Destinations known | Sri Lanka dealt a spiritual blow as death of 68-year-old revered elephant adds to tourism-dependent nation’s woes

The passing of Nadungamuwa Raja, who was reportedly the tallest domesticated elephant in Asia, has dealt a spiritual blow to the tourism-dependent nation still reeling from war and terrorism.

The passing of Nadungamuwa Raja, who was reportedly the tallest domesticated elephant in Asia, has dealt a spiritual blow to the tourism-dependent nation still reeling from war and terrorism.

23 Mar 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | Coronavirus: cruise ship that sailed from Hong Kong into trouble ‘inspires’ new tourist park in Cambodia

The MS Westerdam, with its 2,257 passengers, was refused entry by five ports before being welcomed by Cambodia. A tourist park is being created to commemorate the ‘humanitarian gesture’.

The MS Westerdam, with its 2,257 passengers, was refused entry by five ports before being welcomed by Cambodia. A tourist park is being created to commemorate the ‘humanitarian gesture’.

16 Mar 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | A new kind of Thailand flight experience, seaplane services from Bangkok planned to take off this year – just don’t drink too much before boarding

Siam Seaplane plans to begin flying passengers around the Gulf of Thailand from Bangkok this year, with tickets expected to be priced between 5,000 baht (US$150) and 15,000 baht.

Siam Seaplane plans to begin flying passengers around the Gulf of Thailand from Bangkok this year, with tickets expected to be priced between 5,000 baht (US$150) and 15,000 baht.

9 Mar 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | Leaving Hong Kong until better times return? Singapore, Thailand or Dubai could prove suitable boltholes, or maybe Vietnam, Fiji - even Finland

With flight suspensions to many countries, including Australia, Britain and the US, departees could find suitable boltholes in Thailand, Singapore, Dubai - or even Fiji.

With flight suspensions to many countries, including Australia, Britain and the US, departees could find suitable boltholes in Thailand, Singapore, Dubai - or even Fiji.

4 Mar 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | Indonesian Motorcycle Grand Prix: how island with only 23,000 rooms will fit 100,000 racing fans, the latest bump in the road for the anticipated event

A scramble to find bed space is going on ahead of the Indonesian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Mandalika, on Lombok island, just one of many bumps in the road the event has encountered.

A scramble to find bed space is going on ahead of the Indonesian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Mandalika, on Lombok island, just one of many bumps in the road the event has encountered.

23 Feb 2022 - 4:17PM
Destinations known | A model for sustainable tourism development, the 400km Trans Bhutan Trail boasts impressive eco-credentials in an already carbon-negative country

The Trans Bhutan Trail, on which single-use plastics are not allowed, reusable water bottles will be supplied, and a tree planted for every visitor, is a model for sustainable tourism development.

The Trans Bhutan Trail, on which single-use plastics are not allowed, reusable water bottles will be supplied, and a tree planted for every visitor, is a model for sustainable tourism development.

16 Feb 2022 - 10:15AM
Destinations known | TripAdvisor’s most reviewed hotel, restaurant and attraction, globally and in Hong Kong, as the travel site hits 1 billion reviews

To mark TripAdvisor’s milestone, Destination’s Known discovers Hong Kong’s most reviewed hotel, restaurant and attraction, and the city’s most prolific reviewer.

To mark TripAdvisor’s milestone, Destination’s Known discovers Hong Kong’s most reviewed hotel, restaurant and attraction, and the city’s most prolific reviewer.

9 Feb 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | Domestic tourism the focus of China’s 14th five-year plan, which foresees more sports, countryside trips, ‘red tourism’ and … better bathrooms

China’s 14th Five-Year Tourism Development Plan looks to develop the domestic market – particularly rural tourism – with foreign visitors taking a back seat for the time being.

China’s 14th Five-Year Tourism Development Plan looks to develop the domestic market – particularly rural tourism – with foreign visitors taking a back seat for the time being.

2 Feb 2022 - 8:45AM
Destinations known | From Bangkok to Bali to Da Nang, foreign tourists are returning as entry restrictions are loosened despite Omicron Covid-19 variant’s spread

Tourism is bouncing back in Southeast Asia as countries make it easier for international travellers to enter if they are vaccinated and adequately insured and take Covid-19 tests.

Tourism is bouncing back in Southeast Asia as countries make it easier for international travellers to enter if they are vaccinated and adequately insured and take Covid-19 tests.

26 Jan 2022 - 9:26AM
Destinations known | South Korea is promoting its newest World Heritage ‘site’ to tourists: tidal flats, 2,150 species of flora and fauna, Mad Max-style mini-tractors - and plenty of mud

Unesco inscribed several of South Korea’s tidal mudflats as a combined ‘property’ on its World Heritage list in July 2021. Sounds dull? A Mad Max-style YouTube video says otherwise.

Unesco inscribed several of South Korea’s tidal mudflats as a combined ‘property’ on its World Heritage list in July 2021. Sounds dull? A Mad Max-style YouTube video says otherwise.

19 Jan 2022 - 11:15AM
Destinations known | ‘Hell on earth’: Zoo in Thailand long accused of animal abuse finally closes, but what will happen to the animals?

The tigers, bears and elephants of the zoo, which has long been accused of animal abuse, have all found new homes in Thailand, but the fate of the other ‘inmates’ remains unknown.

The tigers, bears and elephants of the zoo, which has long been accused of animal abuse, have all found new homes in Thailand, but the fate of the other ‘inmates’ remains unknown.

12 Jan 2022 - 11:26AM
Fifa World Cup, Abba digitally live, Beijing Winter Olympics, Rio Carnival – 2022 events around the world to put on your calendar

From the Fifa World Cup and the Beijing Winter Olympics to Abba avatars in concert and the Rio Carnival, 2022 events to look out for – and in some cases hopefully attend.

From the Fifa World Cup and the Beijing Winter Olympics to Abba avatars in concert and the Rio Carnival, 2022 events to look out for – and in some cases hopefully attend.

3 Jan 2022 - 7:15AM
Madrid’s IE Tower, which houses a university campus, could draw tourists to an overlooked part of the Spanish capital

The 180-metre tower in north Madrid, opened with Spain’s King Felipe attending, will bring together 6,000 IE University students and breathe new life into the area.

The 180-metre tower in north Madrid, opened with Spain’s King Felipe attending, will bring together 6,000 IE University students and breathe new life into the area.

9 Nov 2021 - 5:42PM
COP26: how the climate crisis could affect tourism, and the Asian destinations most at risk from extreme weather events

When we jet off on holidays after the pandemic we’ll be adding our bit to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Asian countries are among those that face the greatest climate risk.

When we jet off on holidays after the pandemic we’ll be adding our bit to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Asian countries are among those that face the greatest climate risk.

31 Oct 2021 - 5:10PM
Opinion | Relocating from Hong Kong? Prepare to say goodbye to some of your things and hope they’re not the most treasured

Clothes, books, mementoes, a beloved poster – all gone after moving from Hong Kong to Spain. And the movers are too busy to check, thanks to business currently booming.

Clothes, books, mementoes, a beloved poster – all gone after moving from Hong Kong to Spain. And the movers are too busy to check, thanks to business currently booming.

11 Oct 2021 - 3:45AM
Three East Asian sites added to Unesco World Heritage list for their natural value and their diversity of rare and endangered animal and plant species

Korean tidal flats and rainforests in Thailand and on a group of southern Japanese islands including Okinawa have been added to Unesco’s World Heritage list for their natural value.

Korean tidal flats and rainforests in Thailand and on a group of southern Japanese islands including Okinawa have been added to Unesco’s World Heritage list for their natural value.

30 Aug 2021 - 7:52AM
From the ultimate college town – Ames, Iowa – to Hogwarts to Wat Mahathat royal temple in Bangkok, six places to have an educational holiday

Make your first trip post-Covid-19 a learning experience. From the best college town in America to the ultimate fantasy school somewhere in Scotland, there are plenty of educational destinations to choose from.

Make your first trip post-Covid-19 a learning experience. From the best college town in America to the ultimate fantasy school somewhere in Scotland, there are plenty of educational destinations to choose from.

7 May 2021 - 7:12PM
When Jack Eden lost his job in the Asian financial crisis, Sri Lanka called and he never looked back

The grandnephew of 1950s British prime minister Anthony Eden tells Mark Footer how he transitioned from Hong Kong banker to pioneering holiday villa entrepreneur in Sri Lanka.

The grandnephew of 1950s British prime minister Anthony Eden tells Mark Footer how he transitioned from Hong Kong banker to pioneering holiday villa entrepreneur in Sri Lanka.

26 Apr 2021 - 12:00AM
Prominent Hongkongers tell us where they would go if Covid-19 suddenly disappeared on January 1

Prominent Hongkongers indulge their wanderlust and share the destinations they are itching to visit.

Prominent Hongkongers indulge their wanderlust and share the destinations they are itching to visit.

14 Dec 2020 - 11:42AM
Opinion | Airlines running ‘flights to nowhere’ is environmental madness that ignores climate crisis. Ground them now

With airliners grounded by the pandemic from Australia to Taiwan, environmentally damaging circular flights from and to the same airport are proving popular. That’s insane.

With airliners grounded by the pandemic from Australia to Taiwan, environmentally damaging circular flights from and to the same airport are proving popular. That’s insane.

11 Dec 2020 - 12:36PM
The Elephant in the Zoom: elephants in northern Thailand offered to organisers of video call meetings to help raise funds for their care

Elephants at a reserve in northern Thailand are being offered to Zoom meeting organisers to help cover a huge shortfall in income brought about by Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Elephants at a reserve in northern Thailand are being offered to Zoom meeting organisers to help cover a huge shortfall in income brought about by Covid-19 travel restrictions.

6 Oct 2020 - 7:46PM
A Bali beach holiday in the UK? Study that targets Brits desperate for an exotic getaway should be taken with a pinch of sand

A study colour-matching beaches in the UK to those in places including Bali, Thailand and Brazil ‘reveals how Brits can enjoy a tropical beach holiday at home’ but ignores certain important requirements – the tropics, for one.

A study colour-matching beaches in the UK to those in places including Bali, Thailand and Brazil ‘reveals how Brits can enjoy a tropical beach holiday at home’ but ignores certain important requirements – the tropics, for one.

9 Sep 2020 - 7:54PM