Salazar to Highlight Cultural and Historic Tourism in San Antonio


Will speak at US/ICOMOS Symposium; Visit San Antonio Missions


05/31/2012


Contact: Eric Foultz (210) 325-1025
Al Remley at (210) 304-0431


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Today and tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit San Antonio to highlight the advancement of the San Antonio Franciscan Missions toward nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. During his visit, Secretary Salazar will discuss the importance of preserving the city’s iconic cultural and historic sites to grow domestic and international travel and tourism and create jobs – part of part of Interior’s ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of American history.

On Thursday, May 31, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks to the 15th annual international symposium of the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

On Friday, June 1, Secretary Salazar will hold a press conference at Mission Concepción to discuss the San Antonio Franciscan Missions and the progress underway toward nomination to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List.

Under the Convention, the Secretary of the Interior is charged with identifying and nominating worthy U.S. sites that display superlative cultural and/or natural attributes for designation. The San Antonio Franciscan Missions, currently on the Tentative List of Potential Future Nominations, includes four missions (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park) and the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero).

The visit is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st Century and to reconnect Americans to our nation’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. The Obama administration is committed to recognizing and preserving important chapters in the nation’s story that have not yet been fully told, such as the contributions of Latinos to the building of America.

The visit also builds on the Obama administration’s recently-announced National Tourism and Travel Strategy, which delivered on President Obama’s call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.

THURSDAY: ICOMOS OPENING NIGHT DINNER

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
WHAT: Remarks to the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. CDT
 
WHERE: Mission San Jose
1601 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Eric Foultz at (210) 325-1025 or eric@foultz.com

FRIDAY: PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Gustavo Araoz, President, ICOMOS
Henry Muñoz, Board Member, National Park Foundation
Rachel Jacobson, DOI Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
John Lujan, Superintendent, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Friday, June 1, 2012 @ 10 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Mission Concepción
807 Mission Road    
San Antonio, TX 78210
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Al Remley at (210) 304-0431 or al_remley@nps.gov



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