Mercedes Hutton

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Mercedes Hutton

Copy Editor and Post Magazine Columnist

Mercedes Hutton is an experienced lifestyle and travel journalist, who has written for various publications around the world. She joined the Post in 2018, where she covers travel and tourism in Asia in her weekly column, Destinations Known.

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Destinations known | Chinese tourists will be educated on how to behave in Malaysia, even though they already know, says ambassador

China’s ambassador to the Muslim-majority nation acknowledges that complaints regarding the conduct of citizens are a cause of embarrassment.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:27AM

China’s ambassador to the Muslim-majority nation acknowledges that complaints regarding the conduct of citizens are a cause of embarrassment.

Chinese tourists will be educated on how to behave in Malaysia, even though they already know, says ambassador
Destinations known | How the Hong Kong protests are affecting Asia’s tourism industry – the winners and losers

As travellers from the region choose to stay away from the territory, other destinations benefit from big spenders. But it is not good news for everyone – proximity to political turmoil seems to turn arrivals off Macau and Shenzhen.

27 Nov 2019 - 8:36AM

As travellers from the region choose to stay away from the territory, other destinations benefit from big spenders. But it is not good news for everyone – proximity to political turmoil seems to turn arrivals off Macau and Shenzhen.

How the Hong Kong protests are affecting Asia’s tourism industry – the winners and losers
A murder and kidnapping in Hong Kong: how ‘Wild Wolf’ haunted a wealthy family

The cracking of Wong Sik-pun’s kidnapping case in 1961 led police to the body of the Hong Kong banker’s son, who had disappeared more than two years earlier

24 Nov 2019 - 8:56AM

The cracking of Wong Sik-pun’s kidnapping case in 1961 led police to the body of the Hong Kong banker’s son, who had disappeared more than two years earlier

A murder and kidnapping in Hong Kong: how ‘Wild Wolf’ haunted a wealthy family
Destinations known | How to travel as a vegan in Asia - the best and worst cities for those eschewing animal products

Singapore, Taipei and Sri Lanka frequently top vegan-friendly lists while Japan, one of the least-friendly countries for vegetarians and vegans, is also hoping to benefit from the growing trend by offering more plant-based options

20 Nov 2019 - 8:45AM

Singapore, Taipei and Sri Lanka frequently top vegan-friendly lists while Japan, one of the least-friendly countries for vegetarians and vegans, is also hoping to benefit from the growing trend by offering more plant-based options

How to travel as a vegan in Asia - the best and worst cities for those eschewing animal products
When Mother Teresa prayed for the future of post-handover Hong Kong

The Nobel Peace Prize winner visited Hong Kong in 1983, bringing a message of love, joy and family planning.

15 Nov 2019 - 8:15AM

The Nobel Peace Prize winner visited Hong Kong in 1983, bringing a message of love, joy and family planning.

When Mother Teresa prayed for the future of post-handover Hong Kong
Destinations known | Indian tourists prefer Singapore: Malaysia is trying to work out why and how to attract more

Singapore currently tops the list for travellers from the subcontinent but its northern neighbour is doing all it can to knock it from the top spot.

13 Nov 2019 - 8:30AM

Singapore currently tops the list for travellers from the subcontinent but its northern neighbour is doing all it can to knock it from the top spot.

Indian tourists prefer Singapore: Malaysia is trying to work out why and how to attract more
When Janet Jackson was ‘found guilty of helping Hongkong discover what a good time is’

The youngest of the Jackson clan gave power-packed performances for three nights at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 1990 as part of her Rhythm Nation tour.

8 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

The youngest of the Jackson clan gave power-packed performances for three nights at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 1990 as part of her Rhythm Nation tour.

When Janet Jackson was ‘found guilty of helping Hongkong discover what a good time is’
Destinations known | Chinese tourists in North Korea: ‘almost a necessary evil’

A surge in visitors from China is likely to have financial benefits and has led to improvements at hotels, but North Korean guides are overwhelmed by large groups and unable to stop travellers from wandering off unaccompanied.

8 Nov 2019 - 5:36PM

A surge in visitors from China is likely to have financial benefits and has led to improvements at hotels, but North Korean guides are overwhelmed by large groups and unable to stop travellers from wandering off unaccompanied.

Chinese tourists in North Korea: ‘almost a necessary evil’
It took HK$600 million and four years to build the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel

Costing HK$200 million more than estimated, the tunnel was opened in 1990, linking Kwun Tong with the new town of Tseung Kwan O.

5 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

Costing HK$200 million more than estimated, the tunnel was opened in 1990, linking Kwun Tong with the new town of Tseung Kwan O.

It took HK$600 million and four years to build the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel
Destinations known | Will South Korea’s Jeju Island become the first blockchain destination in the world?

After receiving more than 15 million visitors in 2016, the island’s tourism industry has seen a downturn. A consortium of businesses hopes that a new digital ecosystem can breathe new life into the declining destination.

30 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

After receiving more than 15 million visitors in 2016, the island’s tourism industry has seen a downturn. A consortium of businesses hopes that a new digital ecosystem can breathe new life into the declining destination.

Will South Korea’s Jeju Island become the first blockchain destination in the world?
‘Sex has nothing to do with it’, said Hong Kong’s first female judge Helen Lo

Helen Lo, who specialised in family law, broke through the all-male stronghold when she was appointed to the District Court.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

Helen Lo, who specialised in family law, broke through the all-male stronghold when she was appointed to the District Court.

‘Sex has nothing to do with it’, said Hong Kong’s first female judge Helen Lo
Destinations known | Mainland Chinese tourists are staying away from Taiwan, but the self-ruled island doesn’t seem to mind

Beijing’s recent ban on solo travellers to Taiwan likely to see visitor numbers fall by 700,000. But impact is expected to be limited as Taiwan has started to focus on alternative markets, such as Thailand, Vietnam and India.

23 Oct 2019 - 8:34AM

Beijing’s recent ban on solo travellers to Taiwan likely to see visitor numbers fall by 700,000. But impact is expected to be limited as Taiwan has started to focus on alternative markets, such as Thailand, Vietnam and India.

Mainland Chinese tourists are staying away from Taiwan, but the self-ruled island doesn’t seem to mind
Princess Anne’s one worry about her first trip to Hong Kong: ‘rich and exotic Oriental food’

Food was a concern as the queen’s ‘tall, blonde, 21-year-old daughter likes her food simple and straightforward’, according to her friends.

21 Oct 2019 - 11:00AM

Food was a concern as the queen’s ‘tall, blonde, 21-year-old daughter likes her food simple and straightforward’, according to her friends.

Princess Anne’s one worry about her first trip to Hong Kong: ‘rich and exotic Oriental food’
When Hong Kong’s Legislative Council got a new home in the old Supreme Court building

Designed by the architects behind Buckingham Palace facade, the Supreme Court building opened in 1912, with Legco calling it home from 1985.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:53AM

Designed by the architects behind Buckingham Palace facade, the Supreme Court building opened in 1912, with Legco calling it home from 1985.

When Hong Kong’s Legislative Council got a new home in the old Supreme Court building
Destinations known | Sex tourism is changing as travellers seek pleasure in adult-only resorts. Can Asia keep up?

In the region, sex tourism is often equated with prostitution; however, young adventurers want to make sex-related travel safe and consensual, and a growing number of resorts are springing up internationally to offer that.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:20AM

In the region, sex tourism is often equated with prostitution; however, young adventurers want to make sex-related travel safe and consensual, and a growing number of resorts are springing up internationally to offer that.

Sex tourism is changing as travellers seek pleasure in adult-only resorts. Can Asia keep up?
Destinations known | Komodo National Park is staying open, but at US$1,000 to visit its dragons, will anyone go?

After months of uncertainty, the Indonesian government has announced that the popular destination will not be closing to tourists. Instead, the number of visitors will be limited and a two-tier ‘membership’ scheme will be implemented.

9 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

After months of uncertainty, the Indonesian government has announced that the popular destination will not be closing to tourists. Instead, the number of visitors will be limited and a two-tier ‘membership’ scheme will be implemented.

Komodo National Park is staying open, but at US$1,000 to visit its dragons, will anyone go?
Remembering Hong Kong’s first Chinese bishop, Francis Hsu

The Oxford-educated Shanghai native put his consecration down to the Catholic Church’s rapid expansion in the colony.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:30PM

The Oxford-educated Shanghai native put his consecration down to the Catholic Church’s rapid expansion in the colony.

Remembering Hong Kong’s first Chinese bishop, Francis Hsu
Destinations known | How to avoid babies on planes – Japan Airlines shows passengers where infants will be sitting

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways offer seating plans that allow fliers to see where young children are sitting.

2 Oct 2019 - 8:45AM

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways offer seating plans that allow fliers to see where young children are sitting.

How to avoid babies on planes – Japan Airlines shows passengers where infants will be sitting
How New Territories network of highways changed the face of Hong Kong, and paved the way for new towns’ success

A ring of modern, often multi-lane roads formed the essential infrastructure for the territory’s new towns. When the Fanling to Sha Tin highway opened in September 1985, it halved the travel time between the two places.

26 Sep 2019 - 5:54PM

A ring of modern, often multi-lane roads formed the essential infrastructure for the territory’s new towns. When the Fanling to Sha Tin highway opened in September 1985, it halved the travel time between the two places.

How New Territories network of highways changed the face of Hong Kong, and paved the way for new towns’  success
Destinations known | Indonesia’s extramarital sex ban could be disastrous for country’s tourism industry

A proposed penal code, which would criminalise sex before marriage and outlaw same-sex relations, has caused protests, petitions, bad press.

26 Sep 2019 - 9:40AM

A proposed penal code, which would criminalise sex before marriage and outlaw same-sex relations, has caused protests, petitions, bad press.

Indonesia’s extramarital sex ban could be disastrous for country’s tourism industry
Destinations known | Cannabis tourism in Thailand – high time for medical marijuana-inspired travel

Officials hope to launch medical marijuana tourism in the Southeast Asian nation to attract ‘quality’ visitors amid a downturn of Chinese travellers.

18 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

Officials hope to launch medical marijuana tourism in the Southeast Asian nation to attract ‘quality’ visitors amid a downturn of Chinese travellers.

Cannabis tourism in Thailand – high time for medical marijuana-inspired travel
Destinations known | Who are the world’s best tourists? Japanese take the top spot in survey of 26 countries

A recent YouGov study explored the attitudes of respondents from 26 countries around the world, almost all agreed on the top nation.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:46AM

A recent YouGov study explored the attitudes of respondents from 26 countries around the world, almost all agreed on the top nation.

Who are the world’s best tourists? Japanese take the top spot in survey of 26 countries
When the Olympic torch came to Hong Kong in 1964

Hong Kong was one of 12 cities through which the flame passed on its way from Greece to Japan for the 1964 Games, which was the first time the event was held in Asia

9 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

Hong Kong was one of 12 cities through which the flame passed on its way from Greece to Japan for the 1964 Games, which was the first time the event was held in Asia

When the Olympic torch came to Hong Kong in 1964
Destinations known | Why tourists should continue to visit Hong Kong

Those arriving in the city over the next few months can take advantage of attractive air fares and hotel rates. They might have to allow more time to get to the airport or avoid certain areas at weekends, but the same goes for many cities.

4 Sep 2019 - 8:37AM

Those arriving in the city over the next few months can take advantage of attractive air fares and hotel rates. They might have to allow more time to get to the airport or avoid certain areas at weekends, but the same goes for many cities.

Why tourists should continue to visit Hong Kong
When Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Island finally got a piped water supply

Until 1955, when water started flowing through its taps, the community had to depend on water from wells and that delivered by junks

2 Sep 2019 - 1:30PM

Until 1955, when water started flowing through its taps, the community had to depend on water from wells and that delivered by junks

When Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Island finally got a piped water supply
Destinations known | How Bali brings out the worst in tourists – Indonesian island sees increase in badly behaved visitors

Over the past two months, several separate incidents have drawn attention to how travellers act on the Island of the Gods.

28 Aug 2019 - 8:30AM

Over the past two months, several separate incidents have drawn attention to how travellers act on the Island of the Gods.

How Bali brings out the worst in tourists – Indonesian island sees increase in badly behaved visitors
Move over, Madame Tussauds: when a wax museum ‘like no other’ opened in Hong Kong

Hong Kong got its own wax museum in 1974 when Madame Vivian opened one in Tsim Sha Tsui. ‘Our figures will have movement, and to touch them will be like touching real flesh’, she claimed

26 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

Hong Kong got its own wax museum in 1974 when Madame Vivian opened one in Tsim Sha Tsui. ‘Our figures will have movement, and to touch them will be like touching real flesh’, she claimed

Move over, Madame Tussauds: when a wax museum ‘like no other’ opened in Hong Kong
Destinations known | Can Chinese tourists save Myanmar’s floundering travel industry?

With Western visitors staying away, an uptick in tourists from China has seen arrivals bounce back, but with their bad habits and zero-dollar tours, they aren’t universally welcome

21 Aug 2019 - 11:06AM

With Western visitors staying away, an uptick in tourists from China has seen arrivals bounce back, but with their bad habits and zero-dollar tours, they aren’t universally welcome

Can Chinese tourists save Myanmar’s floundering travel industry?
When snooker super stars Steve Davis and Doug Mountjoy came to Hong Kong

The inaugural Camus Masters competition was held in 1983 and saw several top players descend on the colony

16 Aug 2019 - 12:44AM

The inaugural Camus Masters competition was held in 1983 and saw several top players descend on the colony

When snooker super stars Steve Davis and Doug Mountjoy came to Hong Kong
Destinations known | Why ‘sustainable tourism’ is the next tedious travel trend, invoked to alleviate woke wanderers’ guilt

As airlines, hotels and others tout their services as sustainable, it is worth remembering that saying something doesn’t make it so.

14 Aug 2019 - 8:45AM

As airlines, hotels and others tout their services as sustainable, it is worth remembering that saying something doesn’t make it so.

Why ‘sustainable tourism’ is the next tedious travel trend, invoked to alleviate woke wanderers’ guilt