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.

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 /


World Surf League announces three-year Australian events sponsorship with Coopers brewery

Australia’s largest independent family-owned brewery Coopers has become the official beer sponsor of World Surf League Australia under a new three-year deal announced today. The…

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Feb 21, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Marketing / Sport /


Google introduces Things to do feature

In a development having major implications for attractions bookings as well as many types of ticket sales, the phasing out of its ‘Reserve with Google’ (RwG) function by search…

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Feb 14, 2022 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Marketing / Technology / Tourism /


IOC aims for 30% venue capacity at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic venues

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi has suggested that a scheme is set to be introduced that will allow spectators to attend the upcoming…

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Feb 1, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Safety / Sport / Venues /


Hong Kong Disneyland presents in-park live orchestral performance

With its Castle of Magical Dreams as the backdrop, Hong Kong Disneyland has staged a series of live orchestral performances. The inaugural performances on 3rd and 4th December saw the Hong…

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Jan 12, 2022 Nigel Benton Arts / Attractions / Entertainment / Events /