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Alhasan Kaabous Alzaabi

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Alhasan Kaabous Alzaabi

Vice President of Operations, Farah Experiences

Alhasan Kaabous Alzaabi has served as the Vice President of Operations at Abu Dhabi-based Farah Experiences since 2017, overseeing the operations across all of Yas Island’s theme parks: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Director National Parks pleads guilty and makes formal apology for damage to Kakadu sacred site

Director of National Parks, Parks Australia Division, Ricky Archer has pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court and delivered a formal apology at Gunlom Falls to Kakadu traditional owners over…

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Jul 10, 2024 Culture / Environment / Parks /


Athletics West advances plan to end affiliation with Little Athletics Australia

State sporting organisation Athletics West is moving forward with plans to end its affiliation with Little Athletics Australia, moving to hold a Special General Meeting for members to vote on…

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Jul 9, 2024 Finance / Recreation / Sport /


Anthony Duffy to lead Quay Academy

Respected venues industry leader, Anthony Duffy, has been appointed to head the Quay Academy - Quayclean Australia’s on-site staff leadership, training and mentoring program. The Quay…

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Jul 9, 2024 Education / Entertainment / Safety / Sport / Venues /


New management secured for Chifley Health and Wellbeing Centre following closure by YMCA

The Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub, located in Canberra, will reopen under new management following the closure of the gym by the YMCA in April. Equipd Allied Health will provide members…

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Jul 9, 2024 Fitness / Venues / Wellness /


ExerciseNZ invites entries for 2024 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards

Exercise New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) is inviting applications for the 2024 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards. The annual Awards are designed to recognise those making a contribution to the…

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Jul 9, 2024 Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Wellness /


Sea World Foundation conduct complex three-day whale rescue in Northern NSW

Sea World Foundation last weekend conducted a complex three-day rescue operation including putting divers in the water to save a humpback whale which had become anchored to the seafloor by…

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Jul 9, 2024 Attractions / Environment / Tourism /


Turnstile report reveals the reach and influence of elite athletes

A new report from sponsorship evaluator Turnstile has revealed the immense global reach, influence and power of elite athletes. The newly released report The Power of Athletes: How Athletes…

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Jul 9, 2024 Finance / Marketing / Sport / Technology /

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Thibault Paquin

Chief Executive, Celebrating Life

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thibault Paquin is Chief Executive of Celebrating Life - a total destination building company specialising in Asian markets Celebrating Life provides end-to-end solutions and advisory services for clients in travel, hospitality, retail, leisure and entertainment, undertaking research, feasibility studies, concepts development, IP selection and cultural and entertainment content management.

Educated in France and the United States, Paquin has over a decade of development experience in hospitality and leisure, beginning his career with Accor in Paris then Asia Pacific in their Sydney, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City offices before setting up Celebrating Life in Hong Kong in 2010.

A travel industry expert, a frequent speaker and columnist, he has worked on numerous tourism projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Mauritius.

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Karen Sweaney

Co-founder and Editor, Australasian Leisure Management

Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor and co-founder of Australasian Leisure Management.

Based in Sydney, Australia, her specific areas of interest include the arts, entertainment, the environment, fitness, tourism and wellness.

She has degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and Geological Oceanography from UNSW.

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.

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