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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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
Destinations known | ‘Flygskam’: what is ‘flight shame’ and should you be feeling it?

In Sweden, people are swapping planes for trains as a sense of shame spreads among those concerned about climate change.

5 Jun 2019 - 8:45AM

In Sweden, people are swapping planes for trains as a sense of shame spreads among those concerned about climate change.

‘Flygskam’: what is ‘flight shame’ and should you be feeling it?
Destinations known | When overtourism turns deadly – why Everest should be off-limits to casual climbers

At least 11 people have been reported dead or missing this climbing season, making it one of the deadliest in Everest’s history. Veteran mountaineers and guides point to overcrowding and an increase in inexperienced crowds as reasons behind rise in fatalities.

29 May 2019 - 5:00AM

At least 11 people have been reported dead or missing this climbing season, making it one of the deadliest in Everest’s history. Veteran mountaineers and guides point to overcrowding and an increase in inexperienced crowds as reasons behind rise in fatalities.

When overtourism turns deadly – why Everest should be off-limits to casual climbers
Destinations known | Thailand might have found the solution to Japan’s overtourism problem – replica theme park draws crowds

Hinoki Land near Chiang Mai offers tourists a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun without having to leave Southeast Asia.

22 May 2019 - 9:00AM

Hinoki Land near Chiang Mai offers tourists a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun without having to leave Southeast Asia.

Thailand might have found the solution to Japan’s overtourism problem – replica theme park draws crowds
Destinations known | Japan has a problem with politeness, and troublesome tourists are doing nothing to help

Visitors from afar pay little attention to polite requests asking them to refrain from eating while walking, which is a major no-no in polite Japanese society.

15 May 2019 - 8:30AM

Visitors from afar pay little attention to polite requests asking them to refrain from eating while walking, which is a major no-no in polite Japanese society.

Japan has a problem with politeness, and troublesome tourists are doing nothing to help
Destinations known | In China, Airbnb listings discriminate against Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups

The home-sharing platform has asserted that its mission is ‘to democratise travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere’, but listings biased against Uygurs and Tibetans exist, in defiance of the company’s own non-discrimination policy.

16 May 2019 - 10:01AM

The home-sharing platform has asserted that its mission is ‘to democratise travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere’, but listings biased against Uygurs and Tibetans exist, in defiance of the company’s own non-discrimination policy.

In China, Airbnb listings discriminate against Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups
Destinations known | How ‘the China tourism miracle’ has boomed over the past 20 years

Until 1997, Chinese travel was restricted to select countries and available only to those in positions of privilege. That 140 million overseas trips were made from the Middle Kingdom last year shows how far a nation can go in two decades.

1 May 2019 - 8:45AM

Until 1997, Chinese travel was restricted to select countries and available only to those in positions of privilege. That 140 million overseas trips were made from the Middle Kingdom last year shows how far a nation can go in two decades.

How ‘the China tourism miracle’ has boomed over the past 20 years
Destinations known | Forget the Chinese and Australians, Instagram tourists are Bali’s worst visitors

Instagram tours taking travellers to the Island of the Gods’ most photogenic spots have become a popular way of seeing Bali, but the whistle-stop trips follow a well-trodden path and leave little time to take in the surroundings.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:23AM

Instagram tours taking travellers to the Island of the Gods’ most photogenic spots have become a popular way of seeing Bali, but the whistle-stop trips follow a well-trodden path and leave little time to take in the surroundings.

Forget the Chinese and Australians, Instagram tourists are Bali’s worst visitors
Destinations known | Solo female travel is on the rise, but is Asia safe for women who adventure alone?

After a German backpacker was raped and killed in Thailand and Chinese tourists complained of molestation in Malaysia, the safety of women who travel alone in the region has been called into question

17 Apr 2019 - 8:15AM

After a German backpacker was raped and killed in Thailand and Chinese tourists complained of molestation in Malaysia, the safety of women who travel alone in the region has been called into question

Solo female travel is on the rise, but is Asia safe for women who adventure alone?
Destinations known | The closure of Komodo National Park could be more damaging to environment than keeping it open

Environmentalists fear that closing the park could encourage those who rely on tourism for their livelihoods to turn to destructive fishing methods

10 Apr 2019 - 6:30PM

Environmentalists fear that closing the park could encourage those who rely on tourism for their livelihoods to turn to destructive fishing methods

The closure of Komodo National Park could be more damaging to environment than keeping it open
Destinations known | Is AirAsia promoting sex tourism with ad inviting passengers to ‘Get off in Thailand’?

In campaign for new Brisbane to Bangkok route, budget carrier seemed to equate disembarking from an aeroplane with sexual gratification. Activists argue Thailand’s sex tourism industry is no laughing matter, with sex workers particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses.

3 Apr 2019 - 10:19AM

In campaign for new Brisbane to Bangkok route, budget carrier seemed to equate disembarking from an aeroplane with sexual gratification. Activists argue Thailand’s sex tourism industry is no laughing matter, with sex workers particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses.

Is AirAsia promoting sex tourism with ad inviting passengers to ‘Get off in Thailand’?
Destinations known | How drones can ruin your holiday: the buzzing eyes in the sky are even more annoying than selfie sticks

The small unmanned aerial systems that revolutionised warfare also have the power to spoil your vacation, whether you are the pilot or not

27 Mar 2019 - 8:45AM

The small unmanned aerial systems that revolutionised warfare also have the power to spoil your vacation, whether you are the pilot or not

How drones can ruin your holiday: the buzzing eyes in the sky are even more annoying than selfie sticks
What happened on one of the ‘blackest’ days in Hong Kong’s professional horse racing history

Willy Kan was a rising star on the city’s horse racing circuit and became the first female jockey to ride in the Hong Kong Derby, but tragedy struck when a fatal fall put an end to her brief career

22 Mar 2019 - 5:42PM

Willy Kan was a rising star on the city’s horse racing circuit and became the first female jockey to ride in the Hong Kong Derby, but tragedy struck when a fatal fall put an end to her brief career

What happened on one of the ‘blackest’ days in Hong Kong’s professional horse racing history
Destinations known | Chinese and American tourists admit to stealing from hotel rooms, do you?

From toiletries and towels to mattresses and mini-fridges, certain guests take more than they are entitled to

20 Mar 2019 - 8:30AM

From toiletries and towels to mattresses and mini-fridges, certain guests take more than they are entitled to

Chinese and American tourists admit to stealing from hotel rooms, do you?
Boyzone’s Ronan Keating talks about 25 years in a boy band, the farewell tour and the modern music industry

Keating joined Boyzone at 16 and the boy band became one of the most successful ever selling more than 25 million records. Boyzone are calling in on Hong Kong on their farewell world tour.

16 Mar 2019 - 6:00PM

Keating joined Boyzone at 16 and the boy band became one of the most successful ever selling more than 25 million records. Boyzone are calling in on Hong Kong on their farewell world tour.

Boyzone’s Ronan Keating talks about 25 years in a boy band, the farewell tour and the modern music industry