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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

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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 ....
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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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 ....

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.

Kudos if my posts helped.

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04 May 2014, 03:51
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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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.

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22 May 2015, 13:04
Jp27 wrote:
grbjha wrote:
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 ....

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.

Kudos if my posts helped.

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How is B irrelevant ?
If 8000 apartments were totally rented and it says 8 times of this was the hotel room nights which accounts for around 64000 nights, wont this be a reason ?
can u help. im stuck on this

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19 Nov 2015, 10:10
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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.

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29 Jan 2017, 07:07
Hi expert,
How to rule out option B? Using a simple math,we can deduce that Miami@50 accounts for 64,000 hotel room night bookings.This figure could fill in the missing 50,000 bookings as mentioned by the hotel owner.

Is it because that the decrease in number of bookings cited by the hotel owners includes the number of bookings from Miami@50 as well?

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Hi expert,
How to rule out option B? Using a simple math,we can deduce that Miami@50 accounts for 64,000 hotel room night bookings.This figure could fill in the missing 50,000 bookings as mentioned by the hotel owner.

Is it because that the decrease in number of bookings cited by the hotel owners includes the number of bookings from Miami@50 as well?

Thanks.

First, the passage does NOT mention that 8000 is the number of apartment room night booking. It just states that 8000 apartments were rented out. Thus it is incorrect to conclude that 64000 hotel room nights were booked.

Second, since the number of hotel room night bookings is not indicated for the year 2010, option B cannot strengthen or weaken even if the number 64000 for hotel night booking were assumed to be correct.

Hence option B is incorrect.

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30 Jan 2017, 02:47
Hi sayantanc2k,
I am able to unanimously rule out option B as "rent out some rooms" doesn't mean that those rooms are booked.

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27 Mar 2017, 06:09
In 2010 : Hotel bookings in Miami = x

In 2011 : Hotel bookings in Miami = x - 50k

Reason for this decrease by Miami: 1) hotel room bookings at bargain prices by Miami@50 2) People renting out their houses.

Miami@50 said : They only rented out only 8,000 apartments through their website. So, The cause should be economy and not their website.

We need to weaken their claim. Meaning we need to say they are actually responsible for the decrease.

A. Miami@50 rents apartments at a much lower price then it rents hotel rooms. : So what?How does it tell us what Miami@50 said was right? . Incorrect
B. Miami@50 rented out at least 8 times as many hotel room nights bookings as apartments. : hotel room nights booking is irrelevant here. We are no where asked whether a particular night booking was there or a day booking was there. So, although a trap option, it is incorrect.
C. Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times. : Correct. So, if there were 8000 apartments. They could be rented out 6-7 times.
D. Miami@50’s profit from renting out apartments was higher than it was for renting out hotel rooms. : Profit is irrelevant here.
E. Most of Miami@50’s customers preferred renting an apartment to renting a hotel room Customer preference is invalid. We need to find out why there was a decrease in number of bookings.
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05 Apr 2017, 04:24
Hi, egmat
I am unable to understand why B is not correct although I believe that C is the correct answer. Can you, please, help me understand the problem?

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Had a stab at this. To me it was a bit similar to the video-games question by GMAT prep. Reasoning as follows:
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.
CONCL: Miami@50 says they are not responsible for drop in hotel room bookings because 'only' 8000 apartments were booked. So they wouldn't know what happened with the hotel room drop (says from 100,000 to 50K). We need to find a link that fills this gap of 50K(approx)

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. Tempting - but it doesn't say how many hotel rooms or hotels they had. So since we don't know the base, it can't be compared.
B. Miami@50 rented out at least 8 times as many hotel room nights bookings as apartments. 8000 apartments, 64000K rooms. But the problem is its total far exceeds the drop of 50K. Additionally, these are NOT totals, just '8 times'. But again, we don't know the base. They may have rented out 8000, but may have base of 12,000. So it wouldn't add up.
C. Most apartments in that Miami@50 rented out were rented out multiple times. This can help explain the gap. If 8000 apartments were booked many times, it can eat into the rival hotel's booking numbers.
D. Miami@50’s profit from renting out apartments was higher than it was for renting out hotel rooms. Not relevant
E. Most of Miami@50’s customers preferred renting an apartment to renting a hotel roomTwists the viewpoint - we are talking about the hotel outcome and not the customer preference.

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