Nigel Benton

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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 President announces plans to create Olympic Esports Games

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has used his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 141st IOC Session in the Indian city of Mumbai to announce plans to launch an…

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Oct 15, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Sport /


IOC announces hosts for new Olympic Qualifier Series

The Chinese city of Shanghai and the Hungarian capital of Budapest have been selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to serve as hosts of its new Olympic Qualifier Series. The…

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Oct 13, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Venues /


Ras Al Khaimah’s EarthCheck Certification a green tourism first for the Middle East

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has cemented its status as the Arabian Gulf’s foremost advocate for green tourism with its attainment of EarthCheck Silver Certification. Reinforcing Ras…

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Oct 12, 2023 Nigel Benton Attractions / Environment / Marketing / Tourism /


European Commission confirms restrictions on uses of microplastics

In a move likely to impact the use of rubber infill on playground surfaces and artificial sports fields worldwide, the European Commission has announced the implementation of its proposed…

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Oct 7, 2023 Nigel Benton Environment / Play / Sport / Surfaces / Technology /


ASM Global announces plan to develop next generation of leaders

ASM Global has unveiled plans for a major global university student program designed to progress the industry’s next generation of leaders. Announcing the granting of a record number…

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Sep 15, 2023 Nigel Benton Education / Entertainment / Sport / Venues /


Oak View Group and Ethara launch Middle Eastern venue joint venture

USA-based venue development, advisory and investment company the Oak View Group has announced an expansion into the Middle East through a joint venture with Ethara, the region’s leading…

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Sep 14, 2023 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Events / Venues /


Hangzhou organisers make final preparations for 19th Asian Games hosting

With the opening ceremony less than a month away, officials in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have advised that they are fully prepared to host the upcoming 19th Asian Games. Postponed from…

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Sep 1, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Venues /