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.

Hygiene essential in fitness facilities reassuring members over Coronavirus fears

With people around the world changing their daily habits as the Coronavirus spreads, fitness centres and gyms are having to deal with member fears that their facilities may be places where…

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Mar 9, 2020 Nigel Benton Education / Fitness / Wellness /


Spartan Race acquires bankrupt rival Tough Mudder

Less than two months after Tough Mudder's creditors in the USA forced it into filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the extreme obstacle race operator has been acquired by rival…

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Feb 28, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Finance / Legal / Recreation /


SportAccord convention to relocate from Beijing

SportAccord has announced that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China, its 2020 SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit 2020 will not take place in Beijing in April. In a statement…

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Feb 14, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Venues /


Administrators conclude sale of Tough Mudder’s UK business to Spartan Race

Obstacle-racing company Spartan has completed its acquisition of the UK affiliate of Tough Mudder, announcing that the takeover will allow the mass-participation company to run a full…

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Feb 13, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Finance / Legal / Recreation /


FIFA delivers sustainability strategy for Qatar 2022 World Cup

World football global governing body, FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have launched a sustainability strategy for the country’s hosting of the World…

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Jan 24, 2020 Nigel Benton Design / Environment / Events / Sport / Venues /


News report suggests few Chinese sports venues are profitable

A news report by China’s official Xinhua news agency has suggested that very few sports venues in the country are currently profitable. With Xinhua seldom being critical of…

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Feb 15, 2019 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Finance / Sport / Venues /


Shanghai Municipality to build eight new professional sports stadia by 2035

The municipal government of the Chinese city of Shanghai has unveiled plans to construct at least eight new venues for professional sport in the city by 2035. The Yutang Sports website…

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Jan 12, 2018 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Government / Sport / Venues /