Kazakhstan Officials Praise Borat as Tourist Bonanza

While officials in Kazakhstan were initially perturbed by Borat and the adventures of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh journalist in America, now one leader has thanked the filmmakers for a subsequent boost in tourism to the former Soviet republic. "With the release of this film, the number of visas issued by Kazakhstan grew tenfold," Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov told the nation's parliament. "I am grateful to Borat for helping attract tourists to Kazakhstan." Very nice! [IMDb, AFP]