NCA Cave Talk NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION SEPTEMBER 15, 1974 B3rbara Munson, Coordinator 1026 Ba.1m::lral Drive Signal Mountain, 1N 37377 (615) 886-2995 1974 CONVENTION BI-CENTENNIAL SELF GUIDING INFORMATION LEGISLATION BRISTOL CAVERNS RUBY FALLS NCA members and friends are looking forward to seeing and visiting with one another during the 1974 National Caves Association Convention October 8th, 9th and lOth at the Holiday Inn, Bellefontaine, Ohio. The recent convention mailing included reservation cards and information about the hosting caves and other points of interest in the area. Advance information indicates the Ohio Convention will be outstanding. The Smiths and The Evans of OHIO CAVERNS will start things off with luncheon on the 8th (registration is that morning) .... October 10th we will be with The Artmans at OLENTANGY CAVERNS for lunch and a visit to the caverns. The Bells have invited the group to visit SENECA CAVERNS. Also, we have been invited to make pre or post convention trips to ZANE CAVERNS and SEVEN CAVES. Subjects included on the agenda are: The importance of working with State Travel Directors; latest developments in Billboard legislation, the long range energy picture and how it could affect those in the tourist industry; the NCA Directory and other publications; and more .... .... if you have a special problem or subject you'd like discussed, let us know so it can be put on the agenda ... What are your plans for the Bi-Centennial year? Be prepared to tell us about your Living History .... Bob Bogart, MARK TWAIN CAVE, wants to find out all he can about the pros and cons of self guided tours. Also, Bob says both caves will be open before and after the convention and they'd be glad to have any of our members stop by if they are driving through the area. So far 26 member caves have returned write-ups for the NCA Directory we need to hear from EVERYBODY have you sent yours? Legislative Chairman Tom Gibson feels we must generate a great deal of mail to congress against de-control of "old" domestic oil prices which could result in an increase of lO~ or more per gallon of gas. Some of the information Tom's been getting at recent energy conferences is alarming as he will tell us at convention. We were all saddened to learn of the passing, on July 30th, of Mr. Henry Hatcher. Henry was associated with BRISTOL CAVERNS for many years we'll miss him. Excavation of more than 500' of tunnel at RUBY FALLS is nearing completion. We'll hear more about this project in October.
C RLSBAD CAVERNS LAUREL CAVERNS BRIDAL CAVE POLAR CAVES LINCOLN CAVERNS POW WOW ROTHERMIC ENERGY ENERGY IMPACT CARDS LNERGY IMPACT JUNE ENERGY IMPACT JULY Is now using a space-age electronic communication system to interpret the cavern feature to visitors. With this new system messages are received automatically while walking along the trail no need to stop, push a button, or plug into an outlet. There are 43 separate messages along the three mile trail. Each receiver has its own volume control and selector for choosing the program in adult English language, Spanish language, or a special children's version. Reaction to this new system has been favorable and an increase in number and scope of questions asked uniformed personnel on duty is expected. Has a treasure chest program in the undeveloped section of their cave (no formations in 2.3 miles of cave). For $5.00 each hunter is allowed into this section of the cave and receives a set of clues. This program has proven successful and to date three $50.00 treasure boxes have been found! Eddie Miller reports stepped up advertising has boosted attendance at BRIDAL CAVE well over last year. John Bayliss reports they are very pleased with the 1974 season, business was not down as they were afraid it might be! Mike Dunlavy has produced a 6~ x 7 fold-over factual information card for LINCOLN CAVERNS tells the things people want to know when planning an individual, group or bus tour to the caverns. NCA President Carl Gibson attended a five day DATO Pow Wow For International Travel Agents. Held in Orlando the first part of September, the Pow Wow attracted over 1,300 travel agents from 49 foreign countries and the United States. David Cale, manager of LAUREL CAVERNS, has been working with the Atomic Energy Commission on an idea of obtaining energy from caves through the merging of the naturally occuring differences between the cave's temperature and outside temperatures. September and October cards are enclosed. This information is b"ing used on the Travel/Recreation FEA advisory panel and Torn says it would help if he could have them by about the lOth of the month following the report month. Average increase was 12.29%, average decrease was 13.92%. Of 26 caves reporting, nine reported increases, 14 reported decreases and three reported breaking even with last year. ENERGY IMPACT OBSERVATION It appears that gift shop sales are not off as badly as admissions ... it appears increases are tied in with stepped up local advertising .... it appearsdecreases are often higher for those operations in rural locations (there are notable exceptionel .... it appears weekend, especially Sunday, business is off ... CASCADE FLOAT SO SOON John Bridges uses a float, which they pull in parades, with very good return for the money and effort. Convention is less than a month away we'll see you in Ohio ....
( nONTHLi _IlERGY IMPACT REPORT Our business for the month of October 1974 was up % over October 1973. down % from October 1973. This increase/decrease was due to Signed Cave
NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION Barbara Munson Coordinator, NCA CAVE TALK 1026 Balmoral Drive Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377 The Publications Committee is in the process of updating and/or revlslng the NCA Cave Directory. An information type brochure format will probably be followed. We need your help in compiling the information about your attraction. Attached is the paragraph describing your attraction which appeared in the 1973 Directory. Please let us know by September lOth if you want any changes made in your copy. As in the past, each paragraph should be limited to approximately 75 or 80 words. Also, we would like a single "catch" Or descriptive phrase or sentence for your cave. (Such as "In the heart of the Ozarks" or "The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains".) It is possible mailing addresses will be included, if so, is the address shown below the one where your tourist inquiries are received? And, as long as you're thinking about NCA have you returned your energy impact cards? And also, do you have any news items for the September 15th NCA CAVE TALK? Please let us hear from you by September 10th ...... Thanks,
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" \TIONAl CAVES ASSOCIATION Imme "res No te RepZy Requested NCA should have some type of mid-year meeting. We would like the meeting held in Orlando on February 23 in conjunction with DATO Seminar. We would like the meeting held in Denver on January 31/February 1st. We would attend at either location. Comments Signed Cave ---------------------
NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION Barbara Munson, Secretary-treasurer 1026 Balmoral vr. Signal Mountain, Tenn. 37377
NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION Roy Davis, Secretary-Treasurer CUMBERLAND CAVERNS McMinnville, Tennessee 37110 The National Caves Association invites all cave owners and operators -NCA members and non-members -to attend the 1974 Annual NCA Convention October 8th, 9th and lOth at the Holiday Inn, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Registration will be the morning of the 8th and the convention will officially start with the luncheon on that date. Subjects such as the importance of working with State Travel Directors; the latest developments in Billboard Legislation; the long range energy picture and how it will affect those in the tourist industry; the NCA Directory and other publications; and other problems of mutual interest will be discussed both during the meetings and during the informal get-togethers between and after the meetings. Cave operators from all parts of the United States will be exchanging ideas and we hope you will meet with us too. OHIO CAVERNS will be visited during the convention and those attending have been invited to visit ZANE CAVERNS, SEVEN CAVES, OLENTANGY CAVERNS, and SENECA CAVERNS following the convention. For additional information, please write Mr. Carl Gibson, President, National Caves Association, P. O. Box 3160, Chattanooga, Tennessee or Mr. M. C. Smith, OHIO CAVERNS, INC., Rt. #1, West Liberty, Ohio 43357.
Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves
Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965
by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial
members sought to bring together show cave owners and
operators from across the United States to promote the show
cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas,
and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave