Katoomba Falls Tourist Park and Blackheath Motor Inn win international tourism awards from Trip Advisor

Katoomba Falls Tourist Park and the Blackheath Motor Inn have been awarded Travellers' Choice Awards from the international travel website Trip Advisor.

Katoomba Falls Tourist Park has been awarded a Travellers' Choice Award.

Katoomba Falls Tourist Park has been awarded a Travellers' Choice Award.

Each year the travel company combs through reviews and ratings left by travellers on their website, to identity the best performing accommodation providers around the world.

For the past four years, Blue Mountains City Council's Katoomba Falls Tourist Parkhas received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. This year it received the Travellers' Choice Award, which means it is now ranked among the top 10 per cent of accommodation providers globally.

Best of the best: Blackheath Motor Inn.

Best of the best: Blackheath Motor Inn.

Blackheath Motor Inn was awarded a 2020 Best of the Best award, placing it in the top one per cent of hotels worldwide.

Jane and Garry Dundon have owned the motel for five years and said they were "delighted" with the recognition, especially after a challenging year with bushfires and COVID-19.

"It was a real boost, it's been a really terrible year," said Mrs Dundon

Katoomba Falls Tourist Park manager Benita Clark said: "We were thrilled to be recognised in that way."

Like most tourist operators, this year has been particularly difficult as the combined effects of the bushfires and pandemic have drastically reduced visitors to the tourist park.

"Since the fires started in November last year we've endured mass cancellations," said Ms Clark. "When the fires subsided business lifted towards the end of January, but then of course COVID-19 hit.

"It's been a very tough year - I think everyone in the Mountains can attest to that. So to receive some sort of recognition is wonderful and is a real testament to how hard everyone in our team has been working."

Normally the park attracts international travellers from countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom, as well as domestic travellers.

After an extremely busy June long weekend and July school holiday period, Ms Clark said that business has been quiet again.

"People are just not travelling around at the moment, but it will improve. We just have to ride it out, and like everyone, take each day as it comes."

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill congratulated the park managers for their global recognition, despite the difficult year.

"To be recognised by travellers is the best type of award," he said. "To be named among the top 10 per cent of accommodation providers globally, is a wonderful achievement."

Blue Mountains City Council also runs Blackheath Glen Tourist Park. The revenue generated from the parks help assist council to meet the costs of maintaining visitor infrastructure across the city.