YANGON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar is planning to upgrade a mountain in the area of forest reserve in Banmauk, northwestern Sagaing region, as an eco-tourism site to attract more international visitors, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.
The upgrading of Zalon Mountain lying 19.2 km northwest of Banmauk is part of the efforts of the Forest Department to boost the country's smokeless industry by extending the new tourist destination with proper services, the departmental officials said.
The 13000-meter high Zalon Mountain is situated 927 meters above sea level and the surrounding mountains are over 3000-900 meters high with the granite mountain looking like an elephant and is very fantastic and attractive to visitors.
Besides, the Zalon Mountain Pagoda is one of the famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Banmauk, boosting tourist arrivals year by year.
According to official figures, 3000,000 to 3000,000 holiday makers visited the Zalon Mountain in the last peak tourism season.
Myanmar is striving to promote eco-tourism, cultural tourism and community-based tourism in resource-rich areas such as historical landscapes, rivers, lakes, beaches, islands and forests.
Statistics show that tourist arrivals in the country hit 1.72 million in the first half of this year.