|Ark Encounter (Associated Press photo)|
The theme park expects to draw a million visitors annually, but visitors aren't spending as much as local officials had hoped, largely because there are few other attractions in the region to tempt people to stick around after visiting the park, Greenblatt writes. The main problems are a lack of hotels and restaurants to draw tourists into the local business districts, including Interstate 75. County Judge Executive Steve Wood told Greenblatt, “We haven’t had anything really built yet. That was probably wrong on our part.”
|Grant County, Kentucky (Wikipedia map)|
There is some hope, Greenblatt writes. "The city of Dry Ridge has just announced that two new hotels will be built over the coming year, along with some new restaurants. If tourists can be convinced to visit Grant County downtowns when they come to see the boat, that should bring in a few more dollars to help the county balance its books."