Mar 13, 2024 - News

Visits to San Antonio Missions fell two years in a row

Data: National Park Service; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: National Park Service; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of visits to the San Antonio Missions fell for the second consecutive year in 2023, National Park Service data shows.

Why it matters: Fewer visitors mean less foot traffic to surrounding businesses and fewer tourism dollars spent in the city overall.

The big picture: As the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas, the five Missions — which include the Alamo downtown and the larger Mission San Jose on the South Side — are often touted as some of the main tourist draws for San Antonio.

By the numbers: There were about 1.18 million visits to the San Antonio Missions in 2023, the data shows — down from the 1.34 million visits in 2021 when the Missions rebounded from an early COVID-era drop.

  • In 2019, visits stood at about 1.28 million.

Zoom out: Across the country, visits to NPS sites were up 4% in 2023 from 2022.

  • Visits to Big Bend National Park in West Texas also fell for the second consecutive year but remained above pre-COVID levels.
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