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Hotel bookings in Miami are only done through travel

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Hotel bookings in Miami are only done through travel websites. In 2011, there were
50,000 fewer hotel room night bookings then there were in 2010. Hotel owners are
blaming the apartment renting service by new website Miami@50 that not only sells
hotel room bookings at bargain prices but also allows people to rent out their houses.
The website owners dispute the charge stating that they only rented out only 8,000
apartments through their website. They claim that the down economy and not their
website is responsible for majority of the decline in hotel room bookings.

Which of the following if true most seriously weakens the Miami@50 owners claim?
A. Miami@50 rents apartments at a much lower price then it rents hotel rooms.
B. Miami@50 rented out at least 8 times as many hotel room nights bookings as
apartments.
C. Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times.
D. Miami@50’s profit from renting out apartments was higher than it was for renting
out hotel rooms.
E. Most of Miami@50’s customers preferred renting an apartment to renting a hotel
room

I could not figure out the official ans well. So Please explain ur logic for rejecting other choice and also explain answer choice weekened it ....
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Hotel bookings in Miami are only done through travel websites. In 2011, there were
50,000 fewer hotel room night bookings then there were in 2010. Hotel owners are
blaming the apartment renting service by new website Miami@50 that not only sells
hotel room bookings at bargain prices but also allows people to rent out their houses.
The website owners dispute the charge stating that they only rented out only 8,000
apartments through their website. They claim that the down economy and not their
website is responsible for majority of the decline in hotel room bookings.

Which of the following if true most seriously weakens the Miami@50 owners claim?
A. Miami@50 rents apartments at a much lower price then it rents hotel rooms.
B. Miami@50 rented out at least 8 times as many hotel room nights bookings as
apartments.
C. Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times.
D. Miami@50’s profit from renting out apartments was higher than it was for renting
out hotel rooms.
E. Most of Miami@50’s customers preferred renting an apartment to renting a hotel
room

I could not figure out the official ans well. So Please explain ur logic for rejecting other choice and also explain answer choice weekened it ....
Thanks in advance


hey - this question is based scope shift between the 2 arguments made by the web-site manager and hotel owner.
Hotel owner is talking about number of hotel room bookings, while the website manager claims about number of apartments rented out.
facts given by hotel M are
2010 - 150000 bookings
2011 - 100000 bookings
so 50,000 fewer bookings but web-site managers says only 8000 apartments were rented, hence its not his website but someother factors that accounts for the fewer bookings.
To weaken this argument we have to say that 8000 apartments rented accounts for 50000 fewer bookings.
That's exactly what C does, Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times.
Let say each apartment were rented out 6 times so approx 50,0000 apartments are rented out, which could account for the fewer bookings hence the argument is weakened.

Rational for killing the other options are mentioned in boldface.

A. Miami@50 rents apartments at a much lower price then it rents hotel rooms.
Price is out of scope, we are talking about numbers of bookings.

B. Miami@50 rented out at least 8 times as many hotel room nights bookings as
apartments.
This strengthens the argument by saying that some other factors accounts for the fewer booking as web-site made more room bookings

C. Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times.
PERFECT

D. Miami@50’s profit from renting out apartments was higher than it was for renting
out hotel rooms.
Profits are out of scope, we are talking about numbers of bookings.

E. Most of Miami@50’s customers preferred renting an apartment to renting a hotel
room
This is close but not good enough weakener as even some customers could account for 50,000 room bookings. this is neutral statement.

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Re: Hotel bookings in Miami are only done through travel [#permalink] New post 04 May 2014, 02:51
can anyone tell me were`nt hotel rooms rented multiple times too ( considering option c) also if prices less people will prefer that option , a seems better ?? or where i am going wrong
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Re: Hotel bookings in Miami are only done through travel [#permalink] New post 07 May 2014, 07:47
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manishgmat1 wrote:
can anyone tell me were`nt hotel rooms rented multiple times too ( considering option c) also if prices less people will prefer that option , a seems better ?? or where i am going wrong


Hi Manish,

Have you noticed that the passage clearly mentions hotel room night bookings, which means it’s counting all the nights the hotel rooms were booked? So, even if hotel rooms were booked multiple times, the passage is already taking that into account. However, in case of apartments, it’s only counting the no. of apartments booked and not apartment room nights.

That’s why, when option C provides information that these apartments were booked multiple times, we know that the actual apartment nights could be much higher than 8000. Such a high no. of apartment night bookings can act as a possible reason behind 50,000 fewer hotel room night bookings. This decreases our belief in the owner’s conclusion that Miami@50 wasn’t responsible for the decline in hotel room night bookings. This makes C a weakener.

Now let’s look at option A.

This option isn’t correct because it provides a possible reason why customers would’ve chosen apartments over hotel rooms. But we are not even interested in knowing ‘why.’ So any reason provided here is irrelevant. We just want to know whether customers chose apartments over hotel rooms and A doesn’t provide that information. That’s why A is not a weakener here.

Hope that clears your doubt.

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