WASHINGTON – More than 45 ambassadors representing nations from four continents will visit Little Rock, Fayetteville and Bentonville next week.

U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall will lead the three-day tour of Arkansas that is designed to plant the seeds for new international partnerships, according to the State Department.

A welcome dinner is planned for Sunday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

On Monday, there will be a roundtable discussion with Gov. Mike Beebe and business leaders at the Little Rock Club. A second roundtable discussion with members of the Little Rock Nine will take place later at Little Rock Central High School.

On Tuesday, the ambassadors will tour the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and will meet with local and regional business leaders. The group will visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville in the evening.

The State Department has organized 10 previous "Experience America" tours since 2007 to Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and other locations. Ambassadors from more than 100 nations have participated.