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.

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 /


2021 World Tourism Day set to celebrate inclusivity

In an intervention that aims to drive the global recovery of the pandemic impacted industry, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has invited all member states, stakeholder…

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Sep 10, 2021 Nigel Benton Marketing / Safety / Tourism /


Work to commence on US$175 million Oman Botanic Garden

With a planned completion date in 2023, work has commenced on the US$175 million national botanic garden project in the Sultanate of Oman. Set to be the largest centre of its kind in the…

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Aug 24, 2021 Nigel Benton Attractions / Environment / Parks / Tourism /


Qatar announces plans to add 105 hotels ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022

The Qatar Government has announced that it will add 105 new hotels and apartment hotels to its tourism portfolio as it gears up to host the FIFA World Cup from November next year.…

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Jul 15, 2021 Nigel Benton Government / Hospitality / Sport / Tourism / Venues /