The Ark Encounter affects Clermont County Tourism
Founder, President and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the acclaimed Creation Museum and America’s latest major tourist attraction the Ark Encounter, Ken Ham, visited Clermont County on Dec. 16 and presented during the Clermont Chamber Business at Breakfast. During his presentation he gave his audience a virtual tour of the Ark Encounter and explained the impact that this attraction will have on the Cincinnati region.
The Ark opened in July 2016 and is expecting to attract 1.4-2.2 million visitors a year. They are exceeding those numbers as they are averaging about 6,000 visitors to the Ark each day. Most of these visitors are coming from out of the region and even international destinations like Australia. This state of the art, life like exhibit offers guest a one of a kind experience as it walks you through the biblical story of Noah. At 510 feet long, 51 feet high and 85 feet wide, Noah’s Ark stretches an American football field and a half long. Inside the Ark you will learn about Noah and his family members that were on the Ark with him. You will also find lifelike sculpted animals and learn how Noah cared for them during the flood. The park currently has walking tours of the Ark, live shows, zip lining tours, petting zoos and dining, but will soon expand adding more attractions like an outdoor village and an expansion of the Arant Ridge Zoo.
So how does the Ark Encounter affect Clermont County, you may ask? To start, between the Ark and the Northern Kentucky Creation Museum, they have created over 20,000 jobs directly and indirectly which significantly increases the tourism generated jobs in the Cincinnati region. The Ark is also encouraging their thousands of daily visitors to explore more than just their location. Ham wrote in a blog “In addition, think about visiting these nearby attractions: the Kentucky Horse park in beautiful bluegrass country just south of the Ark; the Newport Aquarium; the Cincinnati Zoo; sporting events like Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and FC Cincinnati; King’s Island amusement park; and the Air Force Museum in Dayton. “ Our location is one of the greatest things about Clermont County, we are right in the middle of all these attractions. The demand for lodging near the Ark and surrounding Cincinnati area is higher than ever before which will filter into Clermont County. While visitors are here to see the Ark Encounter they may also hit up the exciting thing to do in Clermont County, like Jungle Jim’s, our popular international food market or Scene 75 which was just named the number one top ranked Family Entertainment Center in North America.
The demand for tourism is growing in Clermont County and because of major attractions like the Ark Encounter, it will benefit the entire Cincinnati region. According to Hamm, People are encouraged to visit the Ark and “see and feel the reality.” For more information about the Ark visit their website at arkencoutner.com or to book your stay in Clermont County visit our website at visitclermontohio.com/hotels-4/
Photo (left to right) Mark Calitri, Clermont County CVB President, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, President, Doug Green, Representative of the Ohio 66th House District at the Clermont Chamber Business at Breakfast