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.

Spartan Race acquires bankrupt rival Tough Mudder

Less than two months after Tough Mudder's creditors in the USA forced it into filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the extreme obstacle race operator has been acquired by rival…

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Feb 28, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Finance / Legal / Recreation /


Battle between Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Institute of Sport fought in the media spotlight

An ongoing battle between Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates and Sport Australia Chairman, John Wylie has this week seen national media focus on issues of sport funding,…

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Feb 22, 2020 Nigel Benton Finance / Government / Sport /


SportAccord convention to relocate from Beijing

SportAccord has announced that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China, its 2020 SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit 2020 will not take place in Beijing in April. In a statement…

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Feb 14, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Venues /


Administrators conclude sale of Tough Mudder’s UK business to Spartan Race

Obstacle-racing company Spartan has completed its acquisition of the UK affiliate of Tough Mudder, announcing that the takeover will allow the mass-participation company to run a full…

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Feb 13, 2020 Nigel Benton Events / Finance / Legal / Recreation /


Victorian Government and Melbourne media warn consumers about being ‘ripped off’ by gyms

Both the Victorian Government and Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun have this week set to warn consumers about the need to be “careful” when joining fitness clubs. An annual…

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Feb 5, 2020 Nigel Benton Billing / Fitness / Legal /


Kate Palmer departs Chief Executive role at Sport Australia

Overshadowed by the recent controversy surrounding allocations from the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, Sport Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer has departed the role.…

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Feb 4, 2020 Nigel Benton Government / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces /


Sydney Opera House concert hall to close for two-year refurbishment program

Tomorrow night’s performance by the singer Solange at the Sydney Opera House’s concert hall will be the last event that the venue hosts for two years, with work set to commence on…

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Jan 30, 2020 Nigel Benton Arts / Design / Entertainment / Venues /