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It takes roughly 15 seconds to find prices for dozens of hotel rooms in Rome on the travel booking website Expedia. There’s the Hotel Principe Torlonia. Four stars. “We have 4 left at £60,” the website says in bright red letters. Then there’s the four-star Hotel Quirinale, at £115 a night. “Most popular! 34 people booked this property in the last 48 hours,” it says. Also in red are the words: “In high demand.”

Listing after listing is the same. On Hotels.com, I search for rooms in Paris. At the top of the page are the words: “43% booked for your travel dates. Don’t wait until it’s too late.” A message pops up saying 537 people are currently looking to snap up a room in…

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