San Antonio's rich culinary heritage is intertwined with our hospitality. Our friendly, welcoming environment starts at our dining tables, where our cuisine is deeply tied to family and culture. Recognizing the importance of this cultural heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network recognized San Antonio as a Creative City of Gastronomy on October 31, 2017. San Antonio is one of only two cities in the U.S. with the Creative City of Gastronomy status - Tucson, Arizona made the list in 2015.
World Heritage Ambassador Program
The World Heritage Ambassador Program is managed by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office, and is a collaborative effort with Visit San Antonio and its Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program. The World Heritage Ambassador Program trains local tour guides and CTAs on the intricacies of the World Heritage inscription process, including the authenticity and integrity of the five San Antonio Mission sites and surrounding Buffer Zone, various historical components of the history and heritage surrounding the Missions, and San Antonio’s recent UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation.
World Heritage Festival
The World Heritage Festival is an annual collaborative event to commemorate and promote the San Antonio Missions being designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival is a multi-day celebration spread throughout the five San Antonio Missions and surrounding area. The festival coincides with the Organization of World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities that occurs annually on September 8.
World Heritage Visitor Website
The World Heritage Office and Visit San Antonio host a mobile responsive website to enhance visitor understanding and sharing of an authentic experience at the San Antonio World Heritage Site by facilitating positive engagement through clear transportation/navigation direction, historic insights, current activities, nearby places of interest, and social media integration. The site can be viewed on desktop, or on a mobile device or tablet to be used while touring the Missions for listening to audio tours, virtual experiences, and additional info using the free WiFi at each of the Missions.