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.

How Sydney almost got a Disney Resort

With the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA) holding its annual conference in Sydney for the first time in 15 years this week, Australasian Leisure Management…

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May 24, 2016 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Recreation / Tourism /


Shanghai to build world’s largest planetarium

The regional government of Chinese metropolis Shanghai has approved design plans for the Shanghai Planetarium, to be built in the city’s Pudong’s Nanhui area. Construction…

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Jan 6, 2015 Nigel Benton Attractions / Design / Education / Tourism /


Asian cinema operators confident on security

Cinema operators across Asia have moved to assure cinemagoers that adequate security measures are in place, in the light of the mass shooting that took place at a screening of The Dark Knight…

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Jul 24, 2012 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Safety / Security / Venues /


Singapore to host 2012 Southeast Asia Swimming Championships

Singapore will be the venue for the first ever Southeast Asia Swimming Championships 2012 (SEA Swimming Championships 2012). The SEA Swimming Championships 2012 will also be the first…

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Mar 20, 2012 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Events / Venues /


US ambassador apologises for Philippines sex tourism remarks

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas has apologised for suggesting that 40% of male tourists visit the country for sex. Ambassador Thomas sent a text message to the Philippine…

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Oct 9, 2011 Nigel Benton Legal / Tourism /


Middle East bowling centres to double by 2012?

Following the recent inauguration of the 12-lane Switch Batutta Mall bowling centre in Dubai, Switch Middle East has announced that it is poised to open a total of 10 branded bowling centres…

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Nov 3, 2010 Nigel Benton Recreation / Sport /


Saudi Arabia to build $13 billion ‘tourist city’ on Arabian Gulf coast

Saudi Arabia is to spend upwards of $13 billion on a new 'tourist city' on its Arabian Gulf coast. Arab News reported that Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Saudi Commission…

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Feb 25, 2010 Nigel Benton Attractions / Hospitality / Tourism /