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During the Cold War, most overseas travel from the United States was to places in Western Europe. At that time, because of the war or because of other regional instability, travel to Western Europe was much less risky than travel to other parts of the world. But in recent years this has become less and less the case. Now many other countries are open to travel that are just as safe as Western Europe but are also cheaper and, in most instances, as full of things to do and see. Paradoxically, more people than ever are traveling to Western Europe over these other countries.

Which of the following, if true, contributes most to a resolution of the paradox discussed above?

(A) U.S. travelers feel at least as safe in Western Europe as they would in the other countries.
(B) U.S. travelers recognize the better value of travel to Western Europe.
(C) Many airlines would love to acquire exclusive rights to offer flights to some Western European countries.
(D) At one point in time, it was much more difficult to arrange travel to non-Western European countries.
(E) The governments of Western European countries are very concerned with having Americans travel there, so they sometimes transfer the advertising of their countrys merits to other advertising firms.
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08 Aug 2006, 21:04
Between B and E. Leaning more towards E.
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08 Aug 2006, 21:10
b/w B and E... I will go with B

(A) does nothing to explain the paradox... makes both WEurope and other parts equal

(B) U.S. travelers recognize the better value of travel to Western Europe.

(C) would or would not... do they currently have them??? OUT OF SCOPE

(D) at one point... we care about current situation... OUT OF SCOPE

(E) ok... this is close, but I am not sure if Americans buy on this advertisement... do we know??? it also says they transfer SOMETIMES... then not clear about OTHER TIMES...
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08 Aug 2006, 22:09
I think best of the worst is A.

B. We are not concerned about the "value".

Why A?

As per the argument
Other countries: Safe
Europe: Safer

Given a choice where will you go? To Afganistan or to Iraq? Both are equally unsafe. But if some military expert tells you that Iraq is atleast as unsafe as Afganistan then it means Iraq may be more unsafe but atleast equal to Afganistan. Now where will you go? Clearly Afganistan.

Hence A
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09 Aug 2006, 01:12
should be A
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09 Aug 2006, 02:12
ps_dahiya wrote:
I think best of the worst is A.

B. We are not concerned about the "value".

Why A?

As per the argument
Other countries: Safe
Europe: Safer

Given a choice where will you go? To Afganistan or to Iraq? Both are equally unsafe. But if some military expert tells you that Iraq is atleast as unsafe as Afganistan then it means Iraq may be more unsafe but atleast equal to Afganistan. Now where will you go? Clearly Afganistan.

Hence A

I guess paradox will bring out something new topic... so why can't it be value
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09 Aug 2006, 05:24
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
I guess paradox will bring out something new topic... so why can't it be value

Not always. To resolve the paradox you must take into account on both sides not just only one side. B gives reason for one side. What about the other side??
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09 Aug 2006, 05:41
Now many other countries are open to travel that are just as safe as Western Europe but are also cheaper

between A & B, I picked 'B' . Thought it is cheaper in other countries, travel to Western Europe is better value
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09 Aug 2006, 18:46
Matt where are you? do you need "fake 800 score post" to come out?

it is his question. so i am waiting him for OA and OE.
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09 Aug 2006, 21:17
Will go with A.

Despite other countries being as safe as Western Europe, US citizens still percieve Europe to be safer.
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11 Aug 2006, 06:40
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During the Cold War, most overseas travel from the United States was to places in Western Europe. At that time, because of the war or because of other regional instability, travel to Western Europe was much less risky than travel to other parts of the world. But in recent years this has become less and less the case. Now many other countries are open to travel that are just as safe as Western Europe but are also cheaper and, in most instances, as full of things to do and see. Paradoxically, more people than ever are traveling to Western Europe over these other countries.

Which of the following, if true, contributes most to a resolution of the paradox discussed above?

(A) U.S. travelers feel at least as safe in Western Europe as they would in the other countries. ---> coservatively stated so keep
(B) U.S. travelers recognize the better value of travel to Western Europe. ---> Classic "180." Its the Eastern Europe Countries that offer better value.
(C) Many airlines would love to acquire exclusive rights to offer flights to some Western European countries. ---> Who cares? I would love a Ferarri Testarossa, but that doesnt matter.
(D) At one point in time, it was much more difficult to arrange travel to non-Western European countries. ----> True, but this doesnt resolve the current paradox.
(E) The governments of Western European countries are very concerned with having Americans travel there, so they sometimes transfer the advertising of their countrys merits to other advertising firms. ---> Hmmm, even so, sometimes wouldnt result in a dramatic rise in tourist numbers.

This knarly beast boils down to A or E.

Ill take (A) because it contributes the most to resolving (but doesnt actually resolve) the paradox.

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11 Aug 2006, 11:42
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As per the argument
Other countries: Safe
Europe: Safer

I completely don't see safe vs. safer... it seems both are equal NOW, isn't what this is saying?

B says US travelers recognize better value (FOR THEM) but for everyone else W Europe is a better value... why couldn't this be true???
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11 Aug 2006, 12:04
Professor wrote:
Matt where are you? do you need "fake 800 score post" to come out?

it is his question. so i am waiting him for OA and OE.

i do not have OA and OE. A and B are the choices but i am leaning towards A.

i borrowed this from Matt's post. he/she posted it here: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... adoxically
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12 Aug 2006, 05:46
What is so ironic is that I dont even remember posting this problem Thank god I got it right this time! Maybe another 3000 practice problems and I can squeeze out another meager 20 points on next months real McCoy?
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