More restaurants, hotels needed to serve Bible based attractions in Kentucky
Logos Post News Desk - The president of Answers in Genesis is calling on entrepreneurs to help serve the influx of tourists and visitors to the ministry's two Kentucky based biblical attractions.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis said the lack of hotel rooms limits the amount of visitors that can experience "Ark Encounter" and the "Creation Museum," the ministry's two projects that bring into the state thousands of guests a day.
"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," wrote Ham for Cincinnati.com.
Ham said in the first three months Ark Encounter welcomed over 325,000 people, a number experts estimated would come in the first year. Now a year after it opened, the hotels are maxed out.
"The 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark has been described by many thrilled guests as “the eighth wonder of the modern world,'" said Ham.
Ham touted the ministry's economic impact and economic blessing to the region, and says many business owners have acknowledged the increase in business that the Bible based attractions have afforded their businesses.
"Meanwhile, guests to the Creation Museum are visiting at such a record rate that we are adding a parking lot to accommodate 1,200 more vehicles. The museum is experiencing its best year for attendance. At the Ark, as many as 40 motor coach tour buses arrive from several states on a given day, " explained Ham.
The ministry projects even more visitors will be pouring into the state this coming year, with as many as 10,000 a day visiting the ministry's projects.
Photo: The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. Photo courtesy Ark Encounter