Although today the Maldives is one of the most frequented countries in the world, due to the crystal clear sea, white sand and sunshine, about 50 years ago, it was almost unknown.
This was reported by CNN, which recalls the trip of Mohamed Umar and three of his friends, who in 1972, opened the first tourist resort in the Maldives, called “Kurumba”.
The first visitors at that time were Italian journalists and photographers, while today, the country has hundreds of resorts and hotels, spread over more than 1,200 islands.
Kurumba, which means “coconut” in the local language in the Maldives, was originally an uninhabited coconut farm, and now it has all the expected bells of a luxury resort in the Maldives.
The first accommodations for guests were made in coral and limestone. Anything that did not grow in the country had to be brought by boat and it could take up to three months to arrive.
Newspapers arrived months late and other services were hardly feasible. Before tourism, there were only about two inhabitants on the island which is already preferred by millions of people in the world.