We all had doubts about that economic impact report commissioned by Answers in Genesis for their Ark Park: it was clearly biased towards inflating revenues. Ken Ham goes around claiming that it will draw two million visitors/year, when the Creation “Museum” itself draws an eighth of that, and its attendance is declining. No one should be surprised that an independent assessment predicts much, much lower numbers.
The proposed Noah’s Ark theme park in Northern Kentucky would attract between 425,000 and 640,000 visitors in its best year, according to a consultant who studied the project’s economic impact for the state.
That’s far less than an estimate of as many as 1.24 million visitors by the consultant in 2011 when a larger theme park was being planned, and less than project developers have said will be drawn to the attraction in Boone County.
I suspect even that half million estimate is excessive; they’ll be drawing on the same limited pool of creationist fanatics that go to their “museum”, and a big fake boat simply isn’t that thrilling. This is also after they downsized their earlier plans, which included a collection of rides (weren’t you all looking forward to the “Seven Plagues of Egypt” ride?) and exhibits that have been axed to cut the project price by more than half.
Most importantly, the revised revenues for the park are significantly less than the cost to the state of the proposed tax incentives…which have been pulled because of their discriminatory hiring proposals. AiG is making noises about suing the state over that loss of tax incentives, which would be a further big drain on their budget.
Yay, this is the kind of thing that could end up demolishing AiG!