Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — Feb & March 2019

The last time we wrote about 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 — was Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — January 2019.

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). We’ve been getting that information from our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.”

Some of you have been wondering: Why haven’t we had the results from February yet? Well, Blue Grass did give us that information, but for some reason we thought we’d wait and combine it with the next month’s figures, and now we can do that. We’ll start with February.

The Monthly Safety Assessment Report filed by Hambo for February, 2019 reveals that Hambo’s Ark Encounter sold 16,328 tickets that month, and the fee due to the city was $8,164.00. For February of the year before, the number of tickets sold was 17,961, and the fee paid was $8,980.50. So this February was a bad month compared to the previous year. Hambo sold 1,633 fewer tickets, a decrease of 9%.

And what about March, the month just ended? For this March, the last complete month available, Hambo’s ark sold 70,466 tickets, resulting in a fee to the city of $35.233.00. That’s up from March of last year, when they sold 62,251 tickets and paid a fee of $31,125.50 to the city. The increase over the same month last year was 8,215 tickets, or 13%. That’s a lot of droolers!

Why was March better than February, compared to the same months in the previous year? We’re told that this February the weather in Northern Kentucky was lousy. That could be a big factor, but we really have no idea. Our operative suggests that April, the current month, will also be better than the year before because of conferences Hambo has been holding.

Anyway, now you have the latest figures. Make of them what you will. Our only conclusion is that the ark doesn’t appear to be an economic catastrophe, so it’s likely to remain in business for the foreseeable future. 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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14 responses to “Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — Feb & March 2019

  1. Karl Goldsmith

    They had a good first year, even if you take out the $14,000,000 people gave them as a non profit, they are still up $7,000,000. The next 990 will have first two years figures side by side and easy to compare.

  2. Eddie Janssen

    That is around 583 people each day. If they spent on average 2 hours inside the Ark that will be (assuming 10 hours per day) 60 people at any given time.
    That doesn’t sound very impressive, 60 People is not much and it is a great Ark with lots of extra attractions besides the (un)historical displays.

    But I guess the majority of the visitors will visit the Ark on saturday and sunday.

  3. Eddie Janssen

    Hmm… 120 people at any given time. That makes the figures a lot better.

  4. Do ticket sales in a given month mean that those tickets were used, or had to be used, during the month when purchased, or could the tickets be used anytime before some stated expiration date after their purchase?

  5. Speaking of lousy weather affecting Ark ticket sales, one might think sales would pick up dramatically when heavy rains are forecast. 😉

  6. Karl Goldsmith

    So yeah ticket sales could be people buying for later in the year.
    “All tickets are non-refundable. General admission tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase unless otherwise noted.”

  7. That’s a great point about people buying tickets in advance. The safety tax is still a great indicator however, since people are unlikely to buy tickets more than a few weeks before they go and visit, with most probably just before the hit the road.

    I suspect the months in what is referred to as “meteorological winter” will show considerable variation year to year, since northern Kentucky is quite variable in cold and stormy periods and relatively warm periods.

    I agree SC, the Ark isn’t going anywhere. If the mind baffling Creation Museum can still exist this many years later, the Ark will be around too. A lot of droolers indeed.

  8. I agree SC, the Ark isn’t going anywhere.

    Yay, ’cause the bugger cannae float!

  9. You’re right SC, this doesn’t garner a lot of comments.

  10. Troy says: “You’re right SC, this doesn’t garner a lot of comments.”

    So it seems. I think people still care about how the ark is doing, but not enough to justify a stand-alone post about it every month or two. So I’ll still mention the information as I get it, but only as a part of some other post about ol’ Hambo’s activities.

  11. Sorry, SC. But I want to see something dramatic happen to the Ark, like a Notre Dame-style inferno, provided everybody is safely out of harm’s way, of course, including the dinosaur replicas, which are merely innocent bystanders, and shouldn’t have to suffer for Ham’s “sins.”

    Problem is: even a disaster of epic proportions such as that will have negative consequences for all Ham’s employees. It’s no fun seeing peoples’ livelihoods ruined, apart perhaps from the main culprits.

  12. Wait, so the Notre Dame visitors forgot to pay their safety tax? Figures.

  13. @Draken
    All those Catholics, too busy doing the Vatican Rag.

  14. Techreseller

    Another thing to consider. Are tour companies buying tickets as they fill up a particular bus that is scheduled for the summer? That could be some advance sales.