SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of people crowded in front The Alamo on Tuesday morning to celebrate the historic designation of the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and other local officials were on hand for the celebration.
"(It's a) celebration of our culture, celebration of our history, celebration of these archialogical treasures that we have, so we should all feel good about that," Wolff said.
The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park were granted the prestigious designation on July 5 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The Missions become Texas’ first World Heritage Site and the 23rd in the United States.
The lengthy nomination process began in 2006 at the initiation of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
The World Heritage Site economic impact on San Antonio and Bexar County is expected to generate up to $105 million in additional economic activity and up to 1,098 extra jobs by 2025, according to the City of San Antonio.
Work is underway at the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau on a campaign to bring more tourists to the Alamo City. But Taylor said he also wants local residents to visit the Missions.
"I hope that even more people that actually live here beyond just the tourists, but people that live here, will appreciate how extraordinary our city is."
Local artist Cruz Ortiz printed limited-edition T-shirts that he gave away to the first 250 people who attended the celebration.
Commemorative posters were also available and the public was invited to bring their own T-shirts or tote bags to be printed by Ortiz.