While I was speaking in Arkansas last night, I was blessed to learn that Answers in Genesis and our two world-class attractions were recognized by regional tourism officials with the Star of Tourism Award. The Ark Encounter, which has been open over eight months, and the Creation Museum, celebrating its 10th anniversary in May, have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to our region in the past few months. As these tourists stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and visit other attractions, the economic benefits (plus the many jobs created by the Ark) have been remarkable.
At the annual meeting of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau last night, we were surprised to receive such a prestigious award, given the fact that hundreds of tourism-related businesses (hotels, attractions, and others) are in the region. Earlier in the evening, Mark Looy and Mike Zovath, my AiG cofounders, gave the keynote presentation. They showed drone videos and photos of both attractions and highlighted the tremendous economic impact not only to Northern Kentucky but also to Cincinnati across the Ohio River.
Over the next 10 years, the total economic impact of both the Ark and Creation Museum will be on the order of billions (not millions) of dollars.
Mark and Mike noted that over the next 10 years, the total economic impact of both the Ark and Creation Museum will be on the order of billions (not millions) of dollars, with thousands of Ark-related jobs being created as well. They also announced that the museum was having its best year ever in attendance, and will shatter the first-year attendance of 404,000. As they made their presentation to hotel owners, elected officials, restaurant owners, and others, Mark and Mike shared that AiG is promoting the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area as a vacation destination, and is encouraging our guests to enjoy the many other attractions in the area.
I rejoice that even the “secular world” is noticing and acknowledging AiG’s attractions in such a public way. Privately, several hotel and restaurant owners pulled Mark and Mike aside and told them that their business has increased much more since the Ark opened last July. One person reminded us that her former hotel was saved from closing several years ago because our Creation Museum guests were starting to pour in!
Here is an article that tells more about last night’s event and award.
Of course, the greatest impact of AiG’s first-class attractions will not be an economic one. Each year hundreds of thousands of non-Christians will be visiting them and hearing the gospel. Though we are happy to help boost a remarkable number of new jobs and businesses in the region, the real benefit we want to see is souls saved for eternity.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.