San Antonio Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran says “As of July 5, 2015 the world now knows what we in the Southside and the city of San Antonio have always known; that we have a world treasure in our very own backyard. The honor of receiving the official World Heritage Site Designation will help to ensure that we can continue to enhance and preserve our treasure as we share it with the rest of the international community.”
“The City of San Antonio is delighted with UNESCO’s action today and the recognition that our Spanish colonial missions are of outstanding cultural and historical value to the people of the world.”- Mayor Ivy Taylor
UNESCO: San Anonio Missions
Several city representatives were present in Bonn to await official word on whether the Missions would, indeed, be dubbed a World Heritage Site, but sincerest thanks and congratulations go to all who helped make it happen, including the San Antonio Conservation Society which kick-started the application process in 2006. This is a solid boost to San Antonio’s and Texas’ tourism industry.
Mayor Ivy Taylor says, “The strong collaboration responsible for our application, which includes an ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the missions, will also continue to work together to tell our story to visitors from around the globe and build even stronger relationships with countries like Mexico and Spain, because we are telling their story too.”
The new visitors drawn in by the site’s World Heritage designation are expected to have an economic impact of up to $105 million.
Matej adds, ”The SACVB works hard to market and promote San Antonio to potential visitors and meetings around the country, and around the world. As you can imagine, having a World Heritage designation is a fantastic opportunity to help tell our story.”