Salazar to Highlight Cultural & Historic Tourism in San Antonio

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

­ 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 Obama¹s America¹s Great Outdoors  initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st Century and  to reconnect Americans to our nation¹s natural, cultural, and historic  heritage. The Obama administration is committed to recognizing and  preserving important chapters in the nation¹s 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 administration¹s 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;  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