Travel companies are starting to release holiday-themed ads, and this week’s roundup features comical spots from Delta Air Lines; Austin, Texas; and Curaçao. It also features ads from Halifax and England.


Delta Air Lines released its adorable new holiday video Thursday. The video shows flight attendants, pilots, and grounds crew jamming out a holiday tune using meal carts, spoons, carts, and seat belts. The cute and simple ad is the perfect way for companies to wish their customers a happy holiday.

Austin maintains its reputation as one of America’s weirdest cities with its holiday video from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Local satirical comedy troupe Esther’s Follies sings about Austin’s famous and quirky attractions to the tune of a holiday classic. The video will be loved by locals who recognize the inside jokes and will either attract or scare away potential visitors.

Destination Halifax creates two beautiful videos to highlight the culinary and coastal attributes of Canada’s East Coast. One video profiles a tour guide who introduces visitors to the city’s restaurants and markets. The other takes a look at a local firefighter who finds peace at the beach. The intimate video makes a relatively unknown region recognizable to a potential guest.

The Caribbean island of Curaçao takes an interesting approach to the holiday tourism ad. It positions its beaches and cuisine as so desirable that Santa decides to cancel Christmas in order to stay.

VisitEngland is starting marketing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup almost two years in advance. The above video released in late November is beginning to raise awareness of rugby’s relationship with the UK with an illustrated and comical run-down of the sport’s history. Given VisitEngland’s early start, we expect to see many more ads in the future.

We couldn’t help but include Turkish Airlines‘ new ad that we covered earlier this week. Kobe Bryant and Leonel Messi return this time in attempt to recreate the viral magic of last year’s YouTube hit. In the new one-minute video that emphasizes the global network of the airline, Kobe and Messi resume their “friendly rivalry” by trading selfies from exotic locations — all of which Turkish Airlines flies to.


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Photo credit: Delta crew members roll out the #CheerCart, loaded up with unexpected instruments, to wish customers a Happy Holidays. Delta Air Lines

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