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City leaders return from Germany after World Heritage designation

San Antonio Missions inscribed as World Heritage Site

SAN ANTONIO – City leaders touched down in San Antonio Monday evening after spending the last several days in Germany as the San Antonio Missions were inscribed as a World Heritage Site.

Mayor Ivy Taylor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff talked about the process after returning at the San Antonio International Airport.

They reflected on the moments leading up to the decision when a host of United Nations member countries addressed the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in favor of the Missions' inscription.

Then, after nine years of preparation, the announcement was made that Missions were approved.

"What was the unbelievable moment was when every country came up to us, a crowd of them from the 21 different countries, that recognized us and congratulated us. I didn't see that happen with any of the others. So it was a very special moment for San Antonio," Wolff said.

Work is already underway at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau on a campaign to bring more tourists to the Alamo City.

A community rally at the Alamo to celebrate the new designation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m Tuesday.