Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes 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.
Mercedes Hutton
Mercedes 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.

Latest from Mercedes Hutton

Destinations known | Thailand’s toxic smog: bad for tourism, good for the Department of Royal Rainmaking
  • Poor air quality, caused by weather patterns, vehicle emissions and the burning of crops and rubbish, threatens to affect visitor numbers
13 Feb 2019 - 8:31AM
Thailand’s toxic smog: bad for tourism, good for the Department of Royal Rainmaking
  • Poor air quality, caused by weather patterns, vehicle emissions and the burning of crops and rubbish, threatens to affect visitor numbers
Destinations known | The future of Komodo National Park hangs in the balance, caught between tourism industry and environmental concerns

Rampant poaching of deer, the prey of the park’s famous reptilian residents, has caused the large lizards to shrink in size, leading local authorities to push for year-long closure, but Indonesia’s central government resistant

7 Feb 2019 - 10:15AM
The future of Komodo National Park hangs in the balance, caught between tourism industry and environmental concerns

Rampant poaching of deer, the prey of the park’s famous reptilian residents, has caused the large lizards to shrink in size, leading local authorities to push for year-long closure, but Indonesia’s central government resistant

Destinations known | Why Lunar New Year is the worst time to travel in Asia – everyone else is doing it too

With more than 400 million Chinese hitting the roads, rails and skies, not to mention travellers from South Korea to Thailand, mass migration makes getting around the region miserable

30 Jan 2019 - 11:31AM
Why Lunar New Year is the worst time to travel in Asia – everyone else is doing it too

With more than 400 million Chinese hitting the roads, rails and skies, not to mention travellers from South Korea to Thailand, mass migration makes getting around the region miserable

The Datai Langkawi, where the rainforest meets the ocean – just beware of the monkeys

A US$60 million renovation artfully returns the Malaysian resort to its former splendour

26 Jan 2019 - 4:34PM
The Datai Langkawi, where the rainforest meets the ocean – just beware of the monkeys

A US$60 million renovation artfully returns the Malaysian resort to its former splendour

Destinations known | The doom boom: ‘Last-chance tourism’ causes more harm than good, and why travellers should stay away

Climate-minded travellers keen to experience a place before it is changed or gone forever are part of the problem, whether they acknowledge it or not

23 Jan 2019 - 9:26AM
The doom boom: ‘Last-chance tourism’ causes more harm than good, and why travellers should stay away

Climate-minded travellers keen to experience a place before it is changed or gone forever are part of the problem, whether they acknowledge it or not

Destinations known | Why Indian tourists are nothing like their Chinese counterparts, yet
  • Anticipating a slump in Chinese arrivals amid the trade war and economic slowdown, destinations in Asia are increasingly looking to Indian tourists to make up shortfall
16 Jan 2019 - 8:33AM
Why Indian tourists are nothing like their Chinese counterparts, yet
  • Anticipating a slump in Chinese arrivals amid the trade war and economic slowdown, destinations in Asia are increasingly looking to Indian tourists to make up shortfall
Destinations known | New airport for Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay puts the popular destination at extreme risk of overtourism
  • Improved infrastructure makes the Unesco World Heritage Site increasingly accessible, and subject to overtourism
9 Jan 2019 - 1:57PM
New airport for Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay puts the popular destination at extreme risk of overtourism
  • Improved infrastructure makes the Unesco World Heritage Site increasingly accessible, and subject to overtourism
Destinations known | The case of Taiwan’s missing Vietnamese tourists: honest error or human trafficking?

Only a few of the visitors from Vietnam who slipped away from their tour groups have been located

2 Jan 2019 - 8:47AM
The case of Taiwan’s missing Vietnamese tourists: honest error or human trafficking?

Only a few of the visitors from Vietnam who slipped away from their tour groups have been located

Destinations known | In outlawing orphanage trafficking, Australia exposes voluntourism’s great hypocrisy

In outlawing orphanage trafficking, Australia exposes voluntourism’s great hypocrisy

28 Dec 2018 - 8:31AM
In outlawing orphanage trafficking, Australia exposes voluntourism’s great hypocrisy

In outlawing orphanage trafficking, Australia exposes voluntourism’s great hypocrisy

Destinations known | Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey might be a terrible tech bro, but was he wrong to travel to Myanmar?

After tweeting about a recent visit to the country, the Silicon Valley executive faced a backlash from followers about ignoring the plight of the Rohingya Muslims

19 Dec 2018 - 8:33AM
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey might be a terrible tech bro, but was he wrong to travel to Myanmar?

After tweeting about a recent visit to the country, the Silicon Valley executive faced a backlash from followers about ignoring the plight of the Rohingya Muslims

Destinations known | Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands face drinking water crisis, and too many tourists are to blame

Plus, following Boracay’s six-month closure for rehabilitation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turns his gaze on El Nido, in Palawan

12 Dec 2018 - 10:49AM
Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands face drinking water crisis, and too many tourists are to blame

Plus, following Boracay’s six-month closure for rehabilitation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turns his gaze on El Nido, in Palawan

Destinations known | How women are changing the way Chinese tourists travel – financial independence sends females further afield

Ctrip statistics show that most of China’s coveted free independent travellers are female, echoing a global trend that is giving rise to women-only tours, resorts and even an island

5 Dec 2018 - 8:30AM
How women are changing the way Chinese tourists travel – financial independence sends females further afield

Ctrip statistics show that most of China’s coveted free independent travellers are female, echoing a global trend that is giving rise to women-only tours, resorts and even an island

Destinations known | Killing of US missionary John Allen Chau by Sentinelese exposes the main flaw of tribal tourism

Visiting a place to meet or observe its indigenous population for recreational reasons is an often exploitative and, at worst, perilous indulgence of our fascination with ‘the other’

28 Nov 2018 - 8:30AM
Killing of US missionary John Allen Chau by Sentinelese exposes the main flaw of tribal tourism

Visiting a place to meet or observe its indigenous population for recreational reasons is an often exploitative and, at worst, perilous indulgence of our fascination with ‘the other’

Destinations known | Is a ‘five-star’ luxury hotel experience possible in China? Hidden camera footage suggests not

After a video exposing crimes against cleaning at some of China’s top properties went viral, major hotel chains including Park Hyatt, Shangri-La and Waldorf Astoria have issued apologies

21 Nov 2018 - 12:25PM
Is a ‘five-star’ luxury hotel experience possible in China? Hidden camera footage suggests not

After a video exposing crimes against cleaning at some of China’s top properties went viral, major hotel chains including Park Hyatt, Shangri-La and Waldorf Astoria have issued apologies

Destinations known | Why Thailand needs Chinese tourists, waives visa fee in hope of enticing them back

As Thai airlines post substantial losses, in part because of a lack of visitors from China, the Land of Smiles is working hard to tempt more travellers to visit

14 Nov 2018 - 2:41PM
Why Thailand needs Chinese tourists, waives visa fee in hope of enticing them back

As Thai airlines post substantial losses, in part because of a lack of visitors from China, the Land of Smiles is working hard to tempt more travellers to visit

Destinations known | New Trump hotel in Bali draws attention to island’s impending water crisis, environmental impact of tourism industry

Developments, such as one bearing the American president’s name, can help draw attention to the ways the tourism sector is sucking the Indonesian island dry

7 Nov 2018 - 10:52AM
New Trump hotel in Bali draws attention to island’s impending water crisis, environmental impact of tourism industry

Developments, such as one bearing the American president’s name, can help draw attention to the ways the tourism sector is sucking the Indonesian island dry

Destinations known | Tourists behaving badly – why do some travellers conduct themselves differently on holiday?

Plus, surge in rubella cases in Japan prompts Hong Kong and US to issue a travel warning, especially for pregnant women

31 Oct 2018 - 10:02AM
Tourists behaving badly – why do some travellers conduct themselves differently on holiday?

Plus, surge in rubella cases in Japan prompts Hong Kong and US to issue a travel warning, especially for pregnant women

Destinations known | Overtourism in Kyoto reaches breaking point, with ‘half-naked hikers, trespassing travellers’ making life a misery for residents

The city’s residents have had enough of badly behaved visitors and officials agree that action must be taken to manage overtourism, but with Japan aiming for 40 million international arrivals by 2020, how can the situation improve?

24 Oct 2018 - 4:57AM
Overtourism in Kyoto reaches breaking point, with ‘half-naked hikers, trespassing travellers’ making life a misery for residents

The city’s residents have had enough of badly behaved visitors and officials agree that action must be taken to manage overtourism, but with Japan aiming for 40 million international arrivals by 2020, how can the situation improve?

Destinations known | Dog meat off the menu in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, as tradition clashes with contemporary tastes

Officials have urged residents of the Vietnamese capital to stop eating dog meat because of public health, and image, risks

17 Oct 2018 - 8:32AM
Dog meat off the menu in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, as tradition clashes with contemporary tastes

Officials have urged residents of the Vietnamese capital to stop eating dog meat because of public health, and image, risks

Destinations known | Boracay to reopen, despite incomplete infrastructure and only 25 operational hotels

Mission possible? India plans to attract more tourists – by becoming the ‘second cheapest destination in the world’, after Vietnam

10 Oct 2018 - 10:35AM
Boracay to reopen, despite incomplete infrastructure and only 25 operational hotels

Mission possible? India plans to attract more tourists – by becoming the ‘second cheapest destination in the world’, after Vietnam

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