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Travaillier Corporation has recently hired employees with experience

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Travaillier Corporation has recently hired employees with experience in the bus tour industry, and its executives have also been negotiating with charter bus companies that subcontract with bus tour companies. But Travaillier has traditionally focused on serving consumers who travel primarily by air, and marketing surveys show that Travaillier’s traditional consumers have not changed their vacation preferences. Therefore, Travaillier must be attempting to enlarge its consumer base by attracting new customers.

Which one of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(A) In the past, Travaillier has found it very difficult to change its customers’ vacation preferences.
(B) Several travel companies other than Travaillier have recently tried and failed to expand into the bus tour business.
(C) At least one of Travaillier’s new employees not only has experience in the bus tour industry but has also designed air travel vacation packages.
(D) Some of Travaillier’s competitors have increased profits by concentrating their attention on their customers who spend the most on vacations.
(E) The industry consultants employed by Travaillier typically recommend that companies expand by introducing their current customers to new products and services.

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E has to be the answer as it provides an alternate reason and weakens the conclusion.

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Travaillier Corporation has recently hired employees with experience in the bus tour industry, and its executives have also been negotiating with charter bus companies that subcontract with bus tour companies. But Travaillier has traditionally focused on serving consumers who travel primarily by air, and marketing surveys show that Travaillier’s traditional consumers have not changed their vacation preferences. Therefore, Travaillier must be attempting to enlarge its consumer base by attracting new customers.

Which one of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

(A) In the past, Travaillier has found it very difficult to change its customers’ vacation preferences.
(B) Several travel companies other than Travaillier have recently tried and failed to expand into the bus tour business.
(C) At least one of Travaillier’s new employees not only has experience in the bus tour industry but has also designed air travel vacation packages.
(D) Some of Travaillier’s competitors have increased profits by concentrating their attention on their customers who spend the most on vacations.
(E) The industry consultants employed by Travaillier typically recommend that companies expand by introducing their current customers to new products and services.

In weaken arguments we always focus on the conclusion of the argument. In this argument the conclusion is that Travaillier must be attempting to enlarge its consumer base by attracting new customers.
If anything, A, I feel, strengthen the argument by suggesting that something that could have helped the company to expand it's customer base is very difficult.
B does nothing to the argument. We cannot assume that other companies are similar to Travaillier, simply because there is no link given in the argument as such. So B is out.
C is a trap answer. Simply ask a question how does one's experience help the company to enlarge its consumer base by attracting new customers. This can come later when company has already enlarged it's customer base but before this enlargement it doesn't help with anything.
D is irrelevant. Like B, D also tries to tell us that other companies are similar to Travaillier while there is no linkage present in the stimulus.
E is the correct answer because it suggests a different/alternate strategy by saying "how about we work with our existing customers and introduce new products and services to them". This answer choice certainly weakens the answer by telling us that there is an alternate way of enlarging the customer base.

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