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.

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 /


Seoul commences redevelopment of Jamsil Olympic Stadium as prelude to potential 2036 Games bid

As part of proposals to bid for the 2036 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has today commenced a major redevelopment of Jamsil Olympic Stadium. The main…

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Aug 30, 2023 Nigel Benton Sport / Venues /


19th Asian Games organisers look to attract international visitors with ticketing gift packs

Looking to attract international visitors to the upcoming Asian Games, organisers in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have released Asian Games Gift Packs. To be distributed through a series of…

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Aug 11, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Ticketing / Tourism /


Hong Kong’s Ocean Park launches annual membership

Hong Kong theme park Ocean Park has unveiled an annual pass giving year-round access to its attractions. Available at HK$1,380 (US$176) for adults, and HK$980 (US$125) for students and…

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Aug 10, 2023 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Environment / Ticketing / Tourism / Zoos /