Friday, July 14, 2017
Ark - 'Themed Attraction'.
Leading Young Earth Creationist and Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham says the 510-feet Noah's Ark replica and theme park, Ark Encounter, would have greater attendance and economic impact on the surrounding area of Grant County, Kentucky, if more tourist-related businesses were to open nearby.
In an op-ed published by Cincinnati.com on Sunday, the 65-year-old Ham laid out reasons why attendance at the Ark Encounter, which opened a year ago on Friday, and its economic impact on the small Kentucky town that is home to the project, would be even greater but for is being limited by the lack of hotels, restaurants and various other businesses in the area.
Ham said Answers in Genesis, the ministry that owns both the Ark Encounter in Williamstown and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, "confidently predicts" that the Ark Encounter will have greater attendance in 2017–2018 than it did in its inaugural year, which has still far surpassed what many had expected. However, he explained that prediction is based on the condition that "we see more entrepreneurs building additional hotels to accommodate our visitors.
"Interestingly, a state-commissioned study [from 2014] predicted that if the Ark Encounter were a themed attraction featuring our creationist beliefs (and it does), it would draw 325,000 visitors the first year. The Ark reached that figure in less than three months," Ham wrote. "While tourism-related businesses are thriving in Grant County, especially in the city of Dry Ridge, more tourist facilities are desperately needed to handle the Ark crowds. The lack of hotel rooms limits us to 7,500 to 8,000 guests visiting the Ark in a day." CP.