Each year, tourism boards around the world pour thousands of dollars into ad campaigns to sway would-be travelers into visiting their destinations. Some do it with shots of sweeping landscapes, others do it with sexy models, and even more come up with gimmicks like a crashing squirrel or an animatronic polar bear.
From Iceland to Australia, we've combed the web to find the wackiest tourism ad campaigns on the planet.
Apparently they like to dance a lot in Iceland - and dance like maniacs!
They're dancing in Pattaya as well. As soon as you enter town, things get a whole lot funkier!
While everyone is dancing in Iceland and Thailand, it seems Australia is full of budding singers.
You may find it hard to believe that this video about a crasher squirrel was actually a legitimate tourism campaign.
This Gitcha Goomsba Up music video for the Bavarian-themed Washington town was an Internet sensation.
Apparently, Philly is more fun when you sleep over ... that's why everyone's wearing pajamas in this classic video.
New Mexico, Earth:
New Mexico, Earth is the best place in the universe - that's why fish taco-eating aliens are taking over.
Las Vegas, NV:
Apparently our fruit gets mad when we leave it rotting while we're on vacation.
Polar bears head to the Canary Islands in the winter and you should too!
The Whitsundays, Australia:
If we are to believe this commercial, sexy girls are floating on giant numbers in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, just waiting for us to join them.
More of an airline commercial than a tourism ad, the bare essentials campaign for Air New Zealand was world famous.
This one isn't a tourism campaign either, but it may remind you why having insurance while you travel is important!
Mark Johanson is the travel editor at the International Business Times. He has traveled to and written about more than 30 nations and territories on every continent except...