Mark Footer

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Mark Footer

Editor, Post Magazine; De facto travel editor at the SCMP. He writes whenever his other duties allow.

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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Travel organisations unite to fight for sustainable global tourism

Six travel organisations have come together to form the Future of Tourism Coalition, which aims to ensure the viability of an industry that was facing a multitude of threats even before Covid-19 all but shut it down.

19 Jun 2020 - 8:45PM

Six travel organisations have come together to form the Future of Tourism Coalition, which aims to ensure the viability of an industry that was facing a multitude of threats even before Covid-19 all but shut it down.

Travel organisations unite to fight for sustainable global tourism
Five environmental innovators and activists of Asian heritage who are working to make the world a better place

From food crops to solar energy and youth-led movements, each of these leaders has been honoured by American online magazine Grist for the work they do towards building a more sustainable future.

24 Jun 2020 - 10:22PM

From food crops to solar energy and youth-led movements, each of these leaders has been honoured by American online magazine Grist for the work they do towards building a more sustainable future.

Five environmental innovators and activists of Asian heritage who are working to make the world a better place
Faroe Islands’ virtual tours allow users to remotely control the guide

Log in, assume position and deliver commands to the guide, making them run up stairs or jump around at your whim.

16 Apr 2020 - 2:17PM

Log in, assume position and deliver commands to the guide, making them run up stairs or jump around at your whim.

Faroe Islands’ virtual tours allow users to remotely control the guide
Bangkok hotel partners with hospital to tempt guests with a quarantine ‘health watch’ package

Guests at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok will have an initial consultation with a doctor, while their health will be monitored by professionals throughout their 14-day stay.

8 Apr 2020 - 1:49AM

Guests at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok will have an initial consultation with a doctor, while their health will be monitored by professionals throughout their 14-day stay.

Bangkok hotel partners with hospital to tempt guests with a quarantine ‘health watch’ package
Follow a South African safari from the comfort of your home every day in April

Luxury travel company andBeyond and wildlife broadcaster WildEarth have teamed up to lead two live-streamed safaris per day in April, which you can watch from home, free of charge.

1 Apr 2020 - 1:13AM

Luxury travel company andBeyond and wildlife broadcaster WildEarth have teamed up to lead two live-streamed safaris per day in April, which you can watch from home, free of charge.

Follow a South African safari from the comfort of your home every day in April
The Maldives could reopen to tourists from China, Japan and South Korea as early as April

The Maldivian president has said that ‘under certain circumstances’ the tourism-dependent nation could start receiving arrivals from China, Japan and South Korea.

27 Mar 2020 - 2:08PM

The Maldivian president has said that ‘under certain circumstances’ the tourism-dependent nation could start receiving arrivals from China, Japan and South Korea.

The Maldives could reopen to tourists from China, Japan and South Korea as early as April
Spanish museum’s appeal to locals living under coronavirus quarantine: ‘help us preserve history’

Vilamuseu, in eastern Spain, has asked those living under lockdown to document their experiences.

20 Mar 2020 - 9:49PM

Vilamuseu, in eastern Spain, has asked those living under lockdown to document their experiences.

Spanish museum’s appeal to locals living under coronavirus quarantine: ‘help us preserve history’
Amid coronavirus outbreak, ex-Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs open hotels to medical staff, free of charge

The two properties the former England player co-owns with Ryan Giggs, Hotel Football and The Stock Exchange, will be closed to the public and offered to health workers.

19 Mar 2020 - 5:41PM

The two properties the former England player co-owns with Ryan Giggs, Hotel Football and The Stock Exchange, will be closed to the public and offered to health workers.

Amid coronavirus outbreak, ex-Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs open hotels to medical staff, free of charge
The canals of Venice run clear as coronavirus halts traffic, bringing back ‘lagoon waters of ancient times’

The popular tourist destination is in lockdown, with visitors staying away and residents self-isolating, and the absence of boats has caused the once turbid waters to clear.

16 Mar 2020 - 10:58PM

The popular tourist destination is in lockdown, with visitors staying away and residents self-isolating, and the absence of boats has caused the once turbid waters to clear.

The canals of Venice run clear as coronavirus halts traffic, bringing back ‘lagoon waters of ancient times’
China’s UCCA Dune Art Museum among the winners at the Leading Culture Destinations Awards

The UCCA Dune Art Museum in China’s Hebei province was honoured at the Leading Culture Destinations Awards in Berlin.

9 Mar 2020 - 1:30PM

The UCCA Dune Art Museum in China’s Hebei province was honoured at the Leading Culture Destinations Awards in Berlin.

China’s UCCA Dune Art Museum among the winners at the Leading Culture Destinations Awards
At historic Swiss ski resort, Andermatt, an eco-sensitive project breathes new life into storied slopes

The Chedi was the first of six new hotels drawing wealthy visitors to 180km of runs skied by the Swiss army.

24 Feb 2020 - 5:30PM

The Chedi was the first of six new hotels drawing wealthy visitors to 180km of runs skied by the Swiss army.

At historic Swiss ski resort, Andermatt, an eco-sensitive project breathes new life into storied slopes
Opinion | Naked racism aimed at the Chinese spreads further than the coronavirus, into print in Spain

A recent column published by an English-language newspaper in Spain takes aim at China’s supposed substandard hygiene standards. The diatribe is ill-informed and racist.

24 Feb 2020 - 2:39PM

A recent column published by an English-language newspaper in Spain takes aim at China’s supposed substandard hygiene standards. The diatribe is ill-informed and racist.

Naked racism aimed at the Chinese spreads further than the coronavirus, into print in Spain
Liechtenstein is popular with time-poor travellers, but it rewards those who linger

The European nation also rewards those who wish to stay awhile.

25 Oct 2019 - 12:13PM

The European nation also rewards those who wish to stay awhile.

Liechtenstein is popular with time-poor travellers, but it rewards those who linger
Opinion | Forget the US-China trade war, mass extinction should be the far bigger story

A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction, but few seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental and existential crisis facing humankind.

17 May 2019 - 3:20AM

A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction, but few seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental and existential crisis facing humankind.

Forget the US-China trade war, mass extinction should be the far bigger story
Opinion | Hungry in Hong Kong: does city really need a HK$624 billion metropolis when people are starving?

Those in power who claim to want to ‘serve the people’ need to get their priorities right

19 Apr 2019 - 7:30AM

Those in power who claim to want to ‘serve the people’ need to get their priorities right

Hungry in Hong Kong: does city really need a HK$624 billion metropolis when people are starving?
Hong Kong’s diverse wildlife, from a king cobra to a sunbird, the star of photography exhibition

Robert I. Ferguson spends his time in the great outdoors, training his lens on the territory’s more elusive residents so that we city dwellers can enjoy them in all their hi-res glory.

15 Mar 2019 - 7:47PM

Robert I. Ferguson spends his time in the great outdoors, training his lens on the territory’s more elusive residents so that we city dwellers can enjoy them in all their hi-res glory.

Hong Kong’s diverse wildlife, from a king cobra to a sunbird, the star of photography exhibition
Hotels grasping at straws as war on plastic rages – is it too little too late?

As resorts the world over race to ban single-use plastic, we wonder if it is just an empty gesture or a genuine attempt to save our dying planet

4 Feb 2019 - 8:16AM

As resorts the world over race to ban single-use plastic, we wonder if it is just an empty gesture or a genuine attempt to save our dying planet

Hotels grasping at straws as war on plastic rages – is it too little too late?
Radisson Blue Resort Phu Quoc: one of many reasons to visit as yet unexplored Vietnamese island

The family-friendly property is part of a large complex that includes water parks, a safari park and, very soon, a casino – all the more reason to go before everybody else does

8 Dec 2018 - 1:17PM

The family-friendly property is part of a large complex that includes water parks, a safari park and, very soon, a casino – all the more reason to go before everybody else does

Radisson Blue Resort Phu Quoc: one of many reasons to visit as yet unexplored Vietnamese island
Copy of rare book Decades of the Newe Worlde goes on sale in Hong Kong for US$225,000

The word ‘China’ was first used in Richard Eden’s 1555 translation of Italian historian Peter Martyr d’Anghiera’s Decades of the New World that was published in 1511

25 Nov 2018 - 9:51AM

The word ‘China’ was first used in Richard Eden’s 1555 translation of Italian historian Peter Martyr d’Anghiera’s Decades of the New World that was published in 1511

Copy of rare book Decades of the Newe Worlde goes on sale in Hong Kong for US$225,000
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse in Hokkaido ski resort: winter wonderland offers year-round fun

Hokkaido ski resort in the foothills of the majestic Niseko-Annupuri transforms into a green holiday haven, where self catering accommodation is a big plus

8 Oct 2018 - 11:22AM

Hokkaido ski resort in the foothills of the majestic Niseko-Annupuri transforms into a green holiday haven, where self catering accommodation is a big plus

Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse in Hokkaido ski resort: winter wonderland offers year-round fun
Typhoon Mangkhut tree debris shouldn’t be sent to Hong Kong’s already overflowing landfills

Instead of filling plastic bags with fallen flora, how about we let nature take its course

5 Oct 2018 - 10:15AM

Instead of filling plastic bags with fallen flora, how about we let nature take its course

Typhoon Mangkhut tree debris shouldn’t be sent to Hong Kong’s already overflowing landfills
What to do in summer at the ‘world’s coolest ski resort’, Club Med Tomamu in Japan

The all-inclusive resort brand has created a Hokkaido haven with something for all seasons

10 Aug 2018 - 7:55PM

The all-inclusive resort brand has created a Hokkaido haven with something for all seasons

What to do in summer at the ‘world’s coolest ski resort’, Club Med Tomamu in Japan
Where Trump and Kim could meet: seven options, from Beijing to Boracay, for a dangerous liaison

North Korean leader’s preference for the plane opens up a world of meeting possibilities

28 May 2018 - 4:06PM

North Korean leader’s preference for the plane opens up a world of meeting possibilities

Where Trump and Kim could meet: seven options, from Beijing to Boracay, for a dangerous liaison
Phuket resort where Hollywood-approved lifestyle guru plays central role

Hugh Jackman and Demi Moore are among the clients of Rosewood Phuket’s resident wellness coach

23 Mar 2018 - 2:32PM

Hugh Jackman and Demi Moore are among the clients of Rosewood Phuket’s resident wellness coach

Phuket resort where Hollywood-approved lifestyle guru plays central role
Why Cape Town’s water crisis is a warning for wasteful Hong Kong

South African city counts down to Day Zero, when taps will be turned off, while Hong Kong uses water at a rate way above the world average

25 Feb 2018 - 10:51AM

South African city counts down to Day Zero, when taps will be turned off, while Hong Kong uses water at a rate way above the world average

Why Cape Town’s water crisis is a warning for wasteful Hong Kong
Portland’s The Sentinel hotel, a robot-topped tribute to pop culture

The many food trucks just across the road make a visit to one of the US’ most creative cities more than worth it

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The many food trucks just across the road make a visit to one of the US’ most creative cities more than worth it

Portland’s The Sentinel hotel, a robot-topped tribute to pop culture
Feng shui at work in Hong Kong: photographer captures city in its elements

Indian-born, Australian-raised Palani Mohan describes his latest book, Wind, Water, as ‘a personal portrait of the city I love’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Indian-born, Australian-raised Palani Mohan describes his latest book, Wind, Water, as ‘a personal portrait of the city I love’

Feng shui at work in Hong Kong: photographer captures city in its elements
Riding the Empire Builder train through America’s Midwest

Historical anecdotes and communal meals give Amtrak passengers a chance to make friends and influence people

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Historical anecdotes and communal meals give Amtrak passengers a chance to make friends and influence people

Riding the Empire Builder train through America’s Midwest
Hong Kong’s old-school barbershops captured on camera by Dutch photographer before they die out

The city’s backstreet barbers provide a glimpse into the past, along with the haircuts and shaves, Saskia Wesseling finds as she searches for ‘glamour in the unglamorous’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The city’s backstreet barbers provide a glimpse into the past, along with the haircuts and shaves, Saskia Wesseling finds as she searches for ‘glamour in the unglamorous’

Hong Kong’s old-school barbershops captured on camera by Dutch photographer before they die out
Opinion: stop ruining your kids’ health with devices

Limit screen time to keep your children healthy – we will need them to face the rigours of climate change

23 Oct 2017 - 1:51PM

Limit screen time to keep your children healthy – we will need them to face the rigours of climate change

Opinion: stop ruining your kids’ health with devices