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.

Thailand’s Maya Bay reopens to visitors after four-year closure

A high profile victim of overtourism prior to its closure in 2018, since reopening earlier this year Thailand’s Maya Bay has been welcoming a restricted number of visitors. Located in…

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May 17, 2022 Nigel Benton Environment / Tourism /


A decade in the making Legoland Korea Resort opens to the public

Merlin Entertainments’ Legoland Korea Resort has been opened with 10,000 people visiting the attraction following its opening ceremony yesterday morning. Located on Jungdo…

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May 6, 2022 Nigel Benton Attractions / Culture / Retail / Tourism /


MCG to host Argentina versus Brazil World Cup qualifier

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is to host a FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying match between Argentina and Brazil on 11th June. Unlike exhibition matches generally played in Australia, the…

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Apr 20, 2022 Nigel Benton Marketing / Sport / Venues /


FINA strips Russian city of Kazan of 25-metre World Swimming Championships

Russia’s further isolation from the international sporting world following its invasion of Ukraine has seen world swimming governing body FINA strip the city of Kazan of its hosting…

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Mar 25, 2022 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Events / Government /


Citing ‘prolonged challenges’ of COVID, Evolution Wellness liquidates Fitness First’s Hong Kong operations

Fitness First is to close its eight clubs in Hong Kong, with liquidators appointed to wind up the business. With gyms in the administrative region having been closed since January following…

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Mar 17, 2022 Nigel Benton Billing / Finance / Fitness / Legal / Retail /


MotoGP set to welcome Indonesia’s largest post-COVID crowd

This weekend’s eagerly anticipated Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia MotoGP race, the first motorcycle grand prix staged in the country in 25 years, is set  first set to be the…

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Mar 16, 2022 Nigel Benton Sport / Venues /


Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya awards contract for Middle East’s largest waterpark

Saudi Arabian giga project Qiddiya has awarded a US$750 million construction contract for what will be the largest waterpark in the Middle East featuring 22 rides and attractions across a…

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Feb 26, 2022 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Attractions / Tourism / Waterparks /