Lupo set to travel to Istanbul for conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A travel warning remains in effect for U.S. citizens to avoid travel to parts of Turkey. It follows a terror attack that killed more than 40 people and injured over 200 others.

The city of Birmingham is sending a city leader to the country next week. Citizen’s Assistance Head Don Lupo will represent Birmingham at the World Heritage Conference in Istanbul. Lupo says he’s not scared.

Lupo will be at the conference in an effort to help civil rights landmarks in the city and around the state gain Unesco World Heritage status. Birmingham is hoping to be part of a national bid to make its landmarks and others around the country gain prominent status. The goal is to gain more global tourists.

Lupo says he’s already made phone calls to friends at the State Department for safety tips, like trying to blend in as much as possible.

Lupo will be in Turkey for the first five days of the conference that starts on Sunday. A state representative will be there for the remaining five days.


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