San Antonio’s Commemorative Week was filled with events that celebrated, reflected, and honored our city’s past and present. One of the last events was the San Antonio Sister Cities | Power of the Past – Force of the Future luncheon held at the Witte Museum on Friday, May 4. The event, hosted by your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of San Antonio and the Hispanic and Asian Chambers of Commerce, highlighted the city’s history of international engagement.
Dignitaries from San Antonio’s eleven sister cities convened in tribute to the mutual commitment to global interconnectivity. Their presence is a testament to San Antonio’s growing reputation on the global stage as a place for economic, educational, and cultural partnerships.
Richard Perez, CEO/president of the San Antonio Chamber, introduced delegations from Wuxi, China and Windheok, Namibia and shared personal accounts of his travels to Chennai, India; Kumamoto, Japan; and Darmstadt, Germany. Ramiro Cavazos and Sarit Kapur, of the San Antonio Hispanic and Asian American Chambers, respectively, introduced members from sister cities: Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The guests were treated to videos promoting tourism to each sister city.
The event held special significance as Mayor Ron Nirenberg is president-elect of Sister Cities International. The organization was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to foster international exchange and collaboration in a post-world war II environment. The organization has members from over 140 countries. For more information about Sister Cities International, visit: http://sistercities.org/