Hong Kong tourists have a healthy appetite for Europe - but few stray far beyond the mainstream destinations such as London, Paris and Rome. In the first six months of this year, 241,000 Hongkongers travelled to Europe and the Middle East. However, only 5,000 of those strayed beyond destinations that are not served by direct flights. The Travel Industry Council's executive director, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, said tour operators don't offer destinations not served by direct flights because of the complications in booking tour parties on routes that require changes of plane or even carrier. Direct flights to Europe have been scaled back since the terrorist attacks of 2001. The last new European destination launched by Cathay Pacific was a twice-weekly service to Istanbul in Turkey in 1998, suspended in late 2001 and never re-launched. Services to Manchester and Zurich also remain suspended and there has been a trend for Hong Kong holidaymakers to favour Asian destinations such as Japan and South Korea, which they perceive as safer. Cathay now flies direct to Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam and London, but has code-share arrangements with other airlines to fly to 18 other European destinations including 11 cities in Germany and Britain.