Cahnman's Musings was hesitant to post something from Facebook, but this May report from the Express-News is confirmation:
The National Park Service is proposing World Heritage status for 14 new American sites over the next 10 years, potentially raising the number of U.S. sites from 21 to 35. One of them comprises five 18th-century Spanish missions along the San Antonio River. Four form a National Historical Park. The fifth and oldest, run by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, was founded as San Antonio de Valero. We know it as the Alamo.Bottom Line: Julian Castro is working with the United Nations to redefine the cradle of Texas liberty into a "living symbol of how Spain shaped history" under the guise of economic development.
The proposal argues that these Franciscan missions meet the World Heritage status requirement of “outstanding universal value” because of their role in Spain's global expansion. They are living symbols of how Spain shaped history. [Emphasis Ours]
The World Heritage List is perhaps not well understood in the United States, even though America took the lead in creating it 41 years ago. Probably the most successful international program for preservation and conservation, World Heritage is a powerful brand for overseas visitors. Tour operators feature World Heritage sites in their advertisements. Some travelers have World Heritage bucket lists, visiting as many of the 962 sites as they can.
Notably, foreign visitors tend to spend more on their trips than domestic travelers.
The San Antonio study, by the Harbinger Consulting Group, was commissioned by Bexar County and takes a hard look at the likely economic benefit of the missions being named a World Heritage Site.