|Ham looking at a large model of his folly that will never come to fruition.|
Sorry I'm a little late posting this. I was busy within the last few days. The latest news about the imminent downfall of Ark Encounter (or Ark Park) reveals that Dumb Idiot Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis cronies weren't being honest how many people are projected to attend when the park is finally built and opened to the public-- if it'll ever be built at all.
The proposed Noah's Ark theme park in Northern Kentucky would attract up to 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 the 1.2 million to 2.2 million visitors estimated by the project's developers.
The consultant, Hunden Strategic Partners, of Chicago, studied the likely economic impact as part of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet's review of Ark Encounter's application for up to $18.25 million in state tax incentives for its project.
And yet, Ham wants you to believe that the park allegedly scheduled to open in 2016 will attract up to 2 million visitors a year. But that's not what HSP have learned when they investigated the report. Not only was Ham dishonest about how he will run the park and how he will hire employees, he was also dishonest about how many people will attend his folly of a park.While the project would attract far fewer visitors than Ark Encounter says its own study projects, the Hunden report still concludes that it would have a financial benefit to the state and meet the economic qualifications to earn state incentives.
The Kentucky Secular Society obtained an open report that reveals two scenarios of how the park will market itself to attract the public, one scenario depicts the park advertising in a non-religious matter, the other depicts the park advertising in a heavily religious matter. Guess what? The religious scenario will have far more lower attendance than the non-religious scenario.
Ham tries to defend his dishonest action by relying on a 2010 study done by Amercan's Research Group run by Britt Beemer who co-authored one of Ham's idiot books. The problem with this is that ARG personally caters to only to the needs of Dumb Idiot Ham unlike Hunden who issues reports on the integrity of business without showing any form of favoritism or bias.
The reports Hunden issues are real. The small estimate number in attendance to the park, apart from the direct violation of the anti-discrimination laws, would have been enough for the Kentucky Government to reject Ham's application for the 18 million tax incentive. No one wants to give big amounts of money to any project that's estimated to have a real small attendance once the project is completed, have dishonest hiring practices, even engage in tax fraud, a criminal offense.
Looks like what happened almost a year ago when Ham challenged Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to a public debate is doing completely nothing to increase funding for the project let alone attendance to Ham's stupid crackhouse (creation "museum"). In fact, according to this press release retrieved by Ed Hensley, Treasurer of The Kentucky Secular Society, last year's attendance to the creation "museum" dropped dramatically right after the debate was over. So now Ham, his "ministry", his "museum" and his park project are all in deep, deep trouble. And no one ever is to blame, but Ken Ham himself!
Lesson learned: Never trust a dumb idiot with numbers. Especially not the likes of Ham.