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FILE PHOTO - Spain's new Energy Minister Alvaro Nadal smiles as he arrives to attend his first cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


MADRID (Reuters) - Tourism in Barcelona has bounced back after the Islamist militant attacks that killed 16 people in Catalonia in August, Spain's energy and tourism minister Alvaro Nadal said on Thursday after meeting with sector representatives in the city.

Growth in flights to Barcelona, one of Europe's most popular tourist city destinations, dipped a little after the attacks but was now rising again, he said.

"Very few days have passed and we're already seeing the recuperation," he said. "The initial shock is normal and always happens in these situations, but it has been much less than in comparable cases."

(Reporting By Jesus Aguado; Editing by Sonya Dowsett)

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