Kazakhstan's foreign minister thanked Sacha Baron Cohen's character Borat on Monday for his 2006 film, which he said had attracted hordes of tourists to the country, according to an AFP report.

"I am grateful to 'Borat' for helping attract tourists to Kazakhstan," Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov told the Kazakh parliament, according to local news agencies. "With the release of this film, the number of visas issued by Kazakhstan grew tenfold." ...
source: http://www.haaretz.com/culture/kazak...urism-1.426091