Representatives of the Southeast’s consular corps and local businesses are to visit Northeast Georgia April 15-17 on the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s 23rd annual VIP Tour.

The tour is to include visits to the headquarters of the Atlanta Falcons in Flowery Branch, Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp.’s tractor and earth moving machinery plant in Gainesville and Tallulah Gorge State Park on April 15.

On April 16, they are to visit Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Young Harris College and to spend the night at the Unicoi State Lodge in Helen.

The final day of the tour, April 17, will include visits to the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville and the Cumming facility of Schiltach, Germany-based, plumbing manufacturer Hansgrohe.

Each year, the tour goes to a different part of the state in an effort to enable the participants to meet with local officials they might not otherwise meet and to learn more about Georgia and its culture.

This year’s tour is to include representatives from Albania, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Nigeria, Philippines, Slovenia, Switzerland and Taiwan.