Representatives of 21 countries based in Atlanta will tour the central and western regions of Georgia April 13-15 during the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s 25th annual International VIP Tour.

The tour is to include visits to academic institutions, tourist destinations, businesses and development projects in Macon, Perry, Columbus, Pine Mountain, Warm Springs, LaGrange and West Point.

“The annual International VIP Tour plays an increasingly important role in Georgia’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain two-way relationships with countries around the world, said Chris Cummiskey, the department’s commissioner, in a news release.

Representatives of Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Nigeria, Philippines, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom are to participate.

The tour is to begin in Macon with a visit to Mercer University on April 13 and then include stops at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds Park and YKK U.S.A. Inc.

A visit to Frito-Lay’s Perry facility also is to occur on the first day.

On April 14, the group is to visit NCR Corp.’s facility and the National Infantry Museum in Columbus. On April 15, it is to tour the Little White House at the F.D. Roosevelt State Park and Historic Site in Warm Springs and then the KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant in West Point.