Price differentiation – mountain refuges

I’m walking with friends in the Dolomites – the first time we’ve been here. We’ve been going to the Pyrenees for quite a few years, staying in refuges. There, they have a standard price (more if you take the evening meal). Here, you are offered the option of a dormitory or a more expensive private room. At Refuge Averau, yesterday, there was even more differentiation: €60 for a bed in a 10-person room, €63 in a 6-person room (both times with evening meal, which was excellent).

What leads to some economic operators applying more price differentiation than others?

(Another difference from the Pyrenees is that most refuges here have (a) road access and (b) more visits from people doing a one-day walk. This leads to (a) a wider, better choice of food but (b) less cameraderie.)

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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