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.

USA dominates winners list at IAAPA’s 2021 Brass Ring Awards

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), has announced the winners of a prestigious Brass Ring Awards for 2021, to be celebrated at the upcoming IAAPA Expo.…

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Nov 12, 2021 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Marketing / Tourism /


Australian projects recognised at 2021 IOC, IPC and IAKS international sport architecture awards

Australian projects the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Rod Laver Arena, Ken Rosewall Arena and Coogee Surf Life Saving Club have been recognised at the 2021 International Olympic Committee…

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Nov 11, 2021 Nigel Benton Design / Recreation / Sport / Venues /


Saudi Arabia’s NEOM looks to welcome tourists and investors as of 2024

Saudi Arabia’s NEOM ‘giga project’ is reported to be ready to welcome tourists and investors by 2024, according to Project Chief Executive Nadhmi Al-Nasr. Speaking about…

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Nov 5, 2021 Nigel Benton Environment / Technology / Tourism /


Xponential Fitness expands to operate 1,000 sites outside of North America

Xponential Fitness, the California, USA-based owner of leading boutique exercise brands, has expanded its network to over 1,000 sites outside of North America following its recent US$44…

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Nov 5, 2021 Nigel Benton Finance / Fitness / Marketing / Wellness /


Phuket tourism stakeholders and community volunteers come together to remove rubbish from the island’s beaches

Over 500 volunteers from hotels, resorts and communities across the Thai island of Phuket came together last month to remove a staggering 3 tonnes of rubbish from the island’s…

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Oct 11, 2021 Nigel Benton Environment / Tourism /


Ocean Park Hong Kong opens new Water World waterpark

Ocean Park has officially opened its new HK$4 billion (US$500 million) Water World water park, with guests now able to enjoy the new aquatic theme park which includes 27 attractions in five…

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Sep 21, 2021 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Attractions / Tourism / Waterparks /


Opening of China’s National Games marks return of major spectator events

China’s President Xi Jinping has declared the 14th National Games of China open with spectators in attendance for what is seen as a run up to Beijing Winter Olympics which commences in…

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Sep 17, 2021 Nigel Benton Events / Government / Safety / Sport / Venues /