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Kazakhstan’s foreign minister thanks Borat for boosting tourism

Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan's foreign minister thanked the character played in the hit film by Sacah Baron Cohen for boosting tourism, despite the fact Borat is sexist, homophobic and anti-semitic.

Setting the scene – the role of film in national identity

Between the period of October 05th and 08th 2009, government leaders from within the Travel & Tourism (T&T) world united in Astana, Kazakhstan for the 18th Annual General Assembly of the UNWTO.

Blundering Borat boosted tourism: Kazakh minister

LONDON — Borat, the spoof blundering reporter from Kazakhstan, actually boosted tourism in the central Asian country, a Kazakh tourism minister said.