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# According to a recent article, tourism in country X is up 10% over the

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According to a recent article, tourism in country X is up 10% over the last three years. About three years ago, inflation caused a marked devaluation of X’s currency, making local goods cheaper to foreigners whose own currencies had not diminished in value. Therefore, the increase in tourism is a function of travelers wanting to purchase local products more cheaply.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Country Y had a similar currency devaluation but experienced far less impressive increases in tourism.
B. There is fear that next year X’s currency will rebound and prices will return to their pre-inflation levels.
C. Tourism tends to fluctuate from year to year for no discernable reason.
D. Three years ago, country X built a popular new amusement park that was designed with a multicultural flavor in order to attract foreigners.
E. Country X is reputed to have the most pristine beaches in its region.

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09 Oct 2018, 11:55
GMATYoda wrote:
According to a recent article, tourism in country X is up 10% over the last three years. About three years ago, inflation caused a marked devaluation of X’s currency, making local goods cheaper to foreigners whose own currencies had not diminished in value. Therefore, the increase in tourism is a function of travelers wanting to purchase local products more cheaply.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Country Y had a similar currency devaluation but experienced far less impressive increases in tourism.
B. There is fear that next year X’s currency will rebound and prices will return to their pre-inflation levels.
C. Tourism tends to fluctuate from year to year for no discernable reason.
D. Three years ago, country X built a popular new amusement park that was designed with a multicultural flavor in order to attract foreigners.
E. Country X is reputed to have the most pristine beaches in its region.

The conclusion is that tourism is increasing as a result of foreigners/travelers wanting to purchase products more cheaply.

Cause and effect relationship

Purchase more products cheaply >> increased tourism.

We want to weaken that conclusion.

The objective is to find another reason for the increased tourism

Answer choice D introduces another cause that leads to the same effect.
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09 Oct 2018, 23:07
According to a recent article, tourism in country X is up 10% over the last three years. About three years ago, inflation caused a marked devaluation of X’s currency, making local goods cheaper to foreigners whose own currencies had not diminished in value. Therefore, the increase in tourism is a function of travelers wanting to purchase local products more cheaply.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. Country Y had a similar currency devaluation but experienced far less impressive increases in tourism. >>> out of scope
B. There is fear that next year X’s currency will rebound and prices will return to their pre-inflation levels. >>> Irrelevant
C. Tourism tends to fluctuate from year to year for no discernable reason. >>> Neither Weakens nor strengthens
D. Three years ago, country X built a popular new amusement park that was designed with a multicultural flavor in order to attract foreigners.>>> Correct as it shows the alternate reason hence weakening the argument
E. Country X is reputed to have the most pristine beaches in its region. >>> Irrelevant as beaches are always there, therefore not responsible for recent increase in tourism
Re: According to a recent article, tourism in country X is up 10% over the   [#permalink] 09 Oct 2018, 23:07
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