Travel industry data specialist ForwardKeys said France was hard hit by a decline in bookings from the Asia-Pacific region in general. But neighbouring countries, including Italy and Germany, were also affected by a trend that coincided with heightened security concerns in Europe. Bookings from China to France were down 23.4 percent, around the average for the Asia-Pacific region. Travel to Milan, Rome and Venice was also down by as much as a quarter. Chinese bookings to Istanbul, where more than 40 people were killed in a gun and bomb attack at Ataturk airport in June that was blamed on the so-called Islamic State, were off by as much as 27 percent. Other countries benefited from a rise in bookings from China that could be attributed to travellers seeking to avoid potentially insecure destinations. The ForwardKeys analysis showed that destinations such as Moscow, London, Dublin or Manchester were seeing a higher interest from Chinese visitors. Get the full story at Tornos News and China Daily