The numbers are up again — but not by much.
Our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass,” has given us the latest official ticket sales figures for people visiting Ark Encounter — the creationist tourist attraction built by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia.
As you know, Hambo has to pay a safety tax of $.50 (fifty cents) to the City of Williamstown for each ticket sold, and the results are available through the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA). Our operative showed us a copy of the latest Monthly Safety Assessment Report. It reveals that Hambo’s Ark Encounter sold 14,885 tickets in January 2019, and the fee due to the city was $7,442.50.
Now the question is: What were the Ark’s ticket sales for the same month during the preceding year? As we reported in Hambo’s Ark — True Figures for the 2nd Year, in January of 2018 the Ark sold 13,250 tickets. In contrast, January of 2019 they sold 14,885 tickets — an increase of 1,635 tickets. That’s right. Hambo sold more tickets this January than last January. It’s not many more in absolute numbers, but it’s an increase nevertheless.
We don’t know the ways of Ark visitors, but January is a much slower month than December. Hambo sold 46,400 Ark tickets in December 2018, which was almost ten thousand more tickets than he did during the previous December — a 27% increase. January was a slower month for both years, and the ticket sales increase was less, but it was an increase — a tad over 12%. Make of it what you will.
As always, we are grateful to our clandestine operative for his excellent work. And we look forward to Hambo’s discussion of the figures.
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