Nigel Benton

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Nigel Benton

Co-owner / Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-owner 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.

As of 2020, he has 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.

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 /


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 /