by Loren G. Edelstein | September 01, 2013
By the Numbers
75% of meeting professionals were not surprised to learn that Detroit had filed for bankruptcy protection.

26% believe Detroit's bankruptcy ultimately will be good for the city.

37% are less likely to select the city as a meetings destination due to its bankruptcy.

60% are concerned that Detroit will experience a reduction in public services.

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Few meeting professionals were surprised when the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy this past July. Expectations are mixed regarding what it will mean to the destination, but one result from a recent M&C poll is clear: Many planners will avoid selecting Detroit for their meetings. Top worries among the 153 respondents include reduced public services, the destination's tarnished image and a possible dip in attendance numbers as a result of the bankruptcy filing. For planners' verbatim comments on this topic, click here.