Nigel Benton

About the author

Nigel Benton

Co-founder/Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-founder and Publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

In 2020, he launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

Click here to connect with him via LinkedIn.

IOC’s Coates pledges that Tokyo Olympics will go ahead ‘with or without COVID’

With next year's Tokyo Olympics identified as the most expensive Summer Games on record, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President, John Coates has said that the Games will go…

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Sep 8, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Finance / Sport / Venues /


Online petition calls for Australian Disneyland

Ignoring the financial plight that major theme parks are facing around the world, an online petition calling on the Walt Disney Company to create a Disneyland theme park in Australia has…

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Sep 4, 2020 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Marketing / Tourism /


United Nations Secretary-General highlights the scale of world tourism’s crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the Coronavirus pandemic puts as many as 100 million direct jobs in global tourism as risk. Speaking overnight, and drawing…

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Aug 26, 2020 Nigel Benton Finance / Tourism /


Redevelopment of floating platform at Singapore’s Marina Bay to include water sports centre and swimming pool

The Government of Singapore has announced plans to redevelop the landmark floating platform in the city’s Marina Bay to include a water sports centre, a swimming pool and a National…

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Jul 16, 2020 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Attractions / Recreation / Sport /


9Round looks for franchise expansion in Indonesia and Vietnam

Already operating in 20 countries, 9Round Franchising, LLC has confirmed plans for continued growth across Asia with the recent completion of new master franchise agreements in Indonesia and…

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Jul 9, 2020 Nigel Benton Fitness / Retail /


Shanghai Disneyland announces plans for 11th May reopening

Disney has announced that it will begin a phased reopening of its Shanghai theme park as of 11th May. With all its global theme parks closed, the announcement was made at the same time the…

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May 6, 2020 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Tourism / Wellness /


China looks to FIFA World Cup hosting with new football stadia

With ambitions to be a football superpower and to host the FIFA World Cup as early as 2030, China is currently undertaking a multibillion-dollar burst of football stadium construction.…

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May 1, 2020 Nigel Benton Design / Finance / Sport / Venues /