08/16/2011 12:49 pm ET | Updated Oct 16, 2011

Tourism Ambassadors: Pigs And Pop Stars Say 'Come On Down' (PHOTOS)

Hong Kong just announced that the face of its summer campaign would have a snout, as McDull the cartoon pig became the island's official tourism ambassador. McDull joined the strange and strangely diverse group of celebrities, non-celebrities and cartoons that make up the tourism diplomatic core - the first line of defense against stasis.

Below are a few profiles of the august members of one of travel's most unusual clubs, the core of the official amiable. They are palatable. They are handsome. They are standard-bearers.