On July 5, 2015, the Missions of San Antonio were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Franciscan missions of San Antonio are a remarkable concentration of surviving structures that are a spectacular representation of the Spanish colonial influence in the New World. The religious, economic, and technological system instituted by the friars transformed a nomadic aboriginal society into a settled one, which in turn became the basis of an ethnically diverse society that continues to influence what is today a major city.
In 2013, the Harbinger Consulting Group completed a study to evaluate potential economic impacts of World Heritage Site designation for the five Spanish missions in San Antonio. Funded by the Bexar County Commissioners Court and executed under the office of County Manager David Smith through the Facilities and Parks Department, the study built on a 2011 economic impact analysis of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park that Harbinger completed in collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Business and Economic Research. There are two documents that cover the results of the study: