"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”

History of ISCA

ISCA was founded in Genga (Italy) in November 1990 with the objective of preserving and promoting show caves around the world. Since then, the association has successfully grown and nearly one hundred show caves, national and international organisations have already joined us.


Nowadays, show caves tourism provides thousands of jobs to families in every continent and the number of people who decide to visit these natural, cultural and historical resources increase year after year.


The main target of our association is the exchange of experience as regards show cave business. This includes topics as lighting and path systems, dynamic pricing, security issues, advertising, public relation, social media, and quality references by viewing the show cave industry from a different perspective, as well as other topics that may be of interest to every show cave manager.


Our Board of Directors and Scientific Committee is ready to help and support show caves at any time, and the ISCA Recommended Guidelines were created to be available for the improvement of the show cave business worldwide.


ISCA organises congresses every four years and these are held in different countries. Conferences and special meetings also take place from time to time. Besides, and among other matters of interest, we are aiming at recognising June 6 as the International Day of Caves and the Subterranean World, and many show caves and associations have already joined us in this celebration. Our ISCA newsletter is edited every other month and everyone is welcome to be part of our audience. If you wish to do so, provide us with your e-mail address and you will receive it.


To become a member, a low annual fee is required, and it may vary according to yearly visitor frequency. Please, find more information at our website www.i-s-c-a.org or contact us by e-mail. You are highly welcome to join our association, which involves deep friendship among worldwide members.