ANTHONY Gales may look like he lives in the past but he has just been listed as the only North East finalist to be named England’s Tourism Superstar.
Gales is described as living and breathing life at Beamish Museum where he is head of operations and his efforts earned him a nomination in the awards for tourism workers who go beyond the call of duty to look after visitors.
He lives and works at the museum and he is available at any hour to help visitors. He sets up events, runs the popular winter ice rink and looks after visitors with passion and dedication.
When Anthony heard about his nomination he said: “I do whatever I can to make sure every visitor has a great day out at Beamish. I am responsible for the smooth running of the site, all 300 acres, and from the moment that people arrive to when they head home at the end of the day my team takes care of them,” he said.
He was nominated for the Visit England awards by Visit County Durham, the destination management organisation for Durham.
Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said: “We are delighted that Anthony has made the Tourism Superstar shortlist. We know that he is excellent at looking after people and he really deserves this accolade. We urge everyone to vote for him when the contest begins in February.”
Chairman of English Tourism Week David Curtis-Brignell said: “Tourism Superstar 2013 serves to highlight the passion and dedication that abounds in the tourism industry.
“This award recognises the people on the front line who meet and greet visitors on a daily basis, and whose unfailing hard work ensures that visitors to England have an unforgettably wonderful experience.”
From February, short films of all nominees will be found on www.mirroronline.co.uk where readers can vote for their favourite, with the winner announced during English Tourism Week (March 16-26).
The winner will be invited to attend VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence held in May.