This is exciting news which we found in the Cincinnati Business Courier of Cincinnati, Ohio, just across the border from Northern Kentucky where Ken Ham’s creationist empire is located. Their headline is Bourbon, Ark boosted NKY tourism to record-breaking year, and they don’t seem to have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The travel and tourism industry in Northern Kentucky had a record-breaking year last year. MeetNKY | Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau said Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties generated 2017 visitor spending of $450 million. That represents an increase of nearly 16 percent compared to 2016. The spending was fueled by demand for bourbon experiences, restaurants and new hotels, and the Ark Encounter.
Eric Summe, president and CEO of the visitors bureau, said tourism has a “tremendous impact” on the local economy. For each night a hotel room was occupied, an additional $130 was spent at regional attractions, restaurants, stores and on transportation.
That’s a clue, but we need more. The article continues:
The B-Line, Northern Kentucky’s collection of craft bourbon distilleries, bars and restaurants, also launched in 2017. There are three distilleries — New Riff Distilling, Boone County Distilling Co., and Old Pogue Distillery — in the region for guests to visit. The region was named an official gateway to Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Trail in November 2017.
Bourbon is a powerful attraction! But what about the Ark? The article says:
More than 1 million people visited the Ark Encounter in its first year of operation. Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis, expects 2017-2018 attendance to be in the 1.4 million to 2.2 million range. According to Ham, more than 95 percent of Ark Encounter visitors come from outside Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
A million visitors is consistent with what we reported a few months ago in Ark Encounter Ticket Sales Figures Released. If they spent $130 per day — and assuming the Ark only takes a day to visit — then the rest of that $450 million was generated by other attractions. How many of Hambo’s Ark visitors also hit the Bourbon Trail? We’re not given that information.
The article doesn’t say anything else that interests us, so what did we learn? There are two possible conclusions: (1) either Bourbon is either a much bigger tourist attraction than ol’ Hambo’s Ark; or (2) Bourbon and the Ark both appeal to the same crowd. Which do you think it is, dear reader?
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