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.

AALARA urges members to respond to Australian Small Business Ombudsman’s insurance crisis interim report

Following on from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman's Interim Report into the insurance crisis impacting attractions and tourism, the Australian Amusement,…

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Oct 25, 2021 Nigel Benton Attractions / Events / Insurance / Tourism / Waterparks /


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison corrects NSW plan to welcome back tourists to Sydney

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has blocked NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s plan for NSW “open to the world”. Aiming to accelerate the reopening of the NSW…

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Oct 16, 2021 Nigel Benton Government / Safety / Tourism /


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 /


Vale: Hawthorn legend and fitness pioneer Brendan Edwards

Australasian Leisure Management is saddened to have belatedly learned of the death of former Hawthorn Football Club premiership player and fitness industry pioneer Brendan Edwards. Edwards,…

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Oct 8, 2021 Nigel Benton Fitness / Sport /


VIC Active takes political sides in urging fitness sector to back state opposition

Frustrated at Victoria’s ongoing Coronavirus lockdown, industry body VIC Active has turned its back on the apolitical approach usually adopted by industry associations and is urging its…

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Oct 6, 2021 Nigel Benton Fitness / Government / Safety /


City of Newcastle agrees to back Newcastle Art Gallery expansion with further funding

City of Newcastle Councillors have agreed a shared commitment to the Newcastle Art Gallery expansion project with the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation. Agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding…

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Oct 4, 2021 Nigel Benton Arts / Attractions / Finance / Tourism /


Fitness Australia looking for guidance on vaccination requirements for reopening NSW gyms

Uncertainty over whether staff need to be vaccinated for when gyms and fitness facilities reopen in NSW - currently forecast to occur on 11th October – has led Fitness Australia to…

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Oct 1, 2021 Nigel Benton Fitness / Government / Safety /