Mercedes Hutton

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.
Mercedes Hutton
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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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
Destinations known | Climate change and Chinese tourists – Russia’s Lake Baikal faces twin existential threats

Located in southern Siberia, the world’s largest, deepest and oldest lake is at risk from overtourism.

7 Aug 2019 - 8:45AM

Located in southern Siberia, the world’s largest, deepest and oldest lake is at risk from overtourism.

Climate change and Chinese tourists – Russia’s Lake Baikal faces twin existential threats
Legado Alcázar: experience Spanish culture and heritage at historic hotel in the heart of Seville

The Legado Alcázar hotel is home to the only hotel rooms in the city overlooking the Real Alcázar palace gardens.

6 Aug 2019 - 9:30PM

The Legado Alcázar hotel is home to the only hotel rooms in the city overlooking the Real Alcázar palace gardens.

Legado Alcázar: experience Spanish culture and heritage at historic hotel in the heart of Seville
How a Hong Kong tenement fire killed 44 and left 386 homeless in Sham Shui Po

No extinguishers and 50lbs of fireworks help the blaze, which started in a joss stick shop on the ground floor, blocking the only stairway.

2 Aug 2019 - 7:15AM

No extinguishers and 50lbs of fireworks help the blaze, which started in a joss stick shop on the ground floor, blocking the only stairway.

How a Hong Kong tenement fire killed 44 and left 386 homeless in Sham Shui Po
Destinations known | Are Indian travellers set to overtake Chinese for ‘world’s worst tourists’ title?

As China is aware, all it takes for an entire nation’s reputation to be ruined is for one unfortunate incident to go viral. But equating a country’s conduct with an individual’s actions is, at best, reductive and, at worst, racist.

31 Jul 2019 - 8:45AM

As China is aware, all it takes for an entire nation’s reputation to be ruined is for one unfortunate incident to go viral. But equating a country’s conduct with an individual’s actions is, at best, reductive and, at worst, racist.

Are Indian travellers set to overtake Chinese for ‘world’s worst tourists’ title?
Hong Kong murders: when five women were killed by feng shui master with cyanide ‘holy water’

Greed led Chinese feng shui practitioner Li Yuhui to murder three close friends and two teenaged daughters of one of the women during a ‘longevity rite’.

26 Jul 2019 - 2:08PM

Greed led Chinese feng shui practitioner Li Yuhui to murder three close friends and two teenaged daughters of one of the women during a ‘longevity rite’.

Hong Kong murders: when five women were killed by feng shui master with cyanide ‘holy water’
Destinations known | Bangkok’s Khao San Road is getting a US$1.6 million makeover to clean up backpacker ghetto

The street in Thailand’s capital is known for being a destination for travellers in Southeast Asia, but will it still be popular once it has undergone an extensive revamp?

24 Jul 2019 - 8:30AM

The street in Thailand’s capital is known for being a destination for travellers in Southeast Asia, but will it still be popular once it has undergone an extensive revamp?

Bangkok’s Khao San Road is getting a US$1.6 million makeover to clean up backpacker ghetto
Destinations known | Why K-pop and airports don’t mix: after scenes of chaos at Bangkok hub, authorities take note

Legions of obsessive superfans have sparked mass hysteria – and mass annoyance – at airports across Asia.

17 Jul 2019 - 4:22PM

Legions of obsessive superfans have sparked mass hysteria – and mass annoyance – at airports across Asia.

Why K-pop and airports don’t mix: after scenes of chaos at Bangkok hub, authorities take note
Destinations known | Bali has had enough of begpackers: freeloading travellers to be sent packing

Foreign tourists who beg for money to help fund their travels have become an increasingly familiar sight on the Indonesian island.

10 Jul 2019 - 8:45AM

Foreign tourists who beg for money to help fund their travels have become an increasingly familiar sight on the Indonesian island.

Bali has had enough of begpackers: freeloading travellers to be sent packing
Destinations known | No more prostitutes in Pattaya’s Walking Street, apparently

A recent claim by Thai authorities that there was no evidence of streetwalking in “the sexiest street in Pattaya” has attracted much ridicule, and rightly so

3 Jul 2019 - 8:30AM

A recent claim by Thai authorities that there was no evidence of streetwalking in “the sexiest street in Pattaya” has attracted much ridicule, and rightly so

No more prostitutes in Pattaya’s Walking Street, apparently
Destinations known | Bali is not an eco-tourism destination – but plans are in place to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution

A recent study found that more than half of the Indonesian island’s waste is burned or dumped in waterways and the ocean.

26 Jun 2019 - 8:56AM

A recent study found that more than half of the Indonesian island’s waste is burned or dumped in waterways and the ocean.

Bali is not an eco-tourism destination – but plans are in place to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution
Destinations known | Could sex tourism save Japan’s small towns from disappearing?

The island nation received a record 31.2 million visitors last year, but few ventured off the well-beaten path. As rural areas are increasingly threatened by urban migration, might tourism offer a solution for struggling settlements?

19 Jun 2019 - 8:41AM

The island nation received a record 31.2 million visitors last year, but few ventured off the well-beaten path. As rural areas are increasingly threatened by urban migration, might tourism offer a solution for struggling settlements?

Could sex tourism save Japan’s small towns from disappearing?
Destinations known | Chinese tourists breaking rules ‘all over the place’ in Boracay

After a six-month closure, Boracay reopened in October with new rules that prohibit smoking, drinking, dining and littering on the beachfront. But the dos and don’ts seem to have escaped notice, especially among tourists from China and South Korea

12 Jun 2019 - 9:51AM

After a six-month closure, Boracay reopened in October with new rules that prohibit smoking, drinking, dining and littering on the beachfront. But the dos and don’ts seem to have escaped notice, especially among tourists from China and South Korea

Chinese tourists breaking rules ‘all over the place’ in Boracay
Lion Rock cable car was to become a major Hong Kong tourist attraction, but it never happened

In 1971, the government approved a proposal to install a cable-car system leading to the 495-metre peak, despite never being realised, the mountain remains popular with hikers and a symbol of Hongkongers’ ‘can-do’ attitude.

7 Jun 2019 - 8:30AM

In 1971, the government approved a proposal to install a cable-car system leading to the 495-metre peak, despite never being realised, the mountain remains popular with hikers and a symbol of Hongkongers’ ‘can-do’ attitude.

Lion Rock cable car was to become a major Hong Kong tourist attraction, but it never happened