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Nigel Benton

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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.

Fitness industry undervalues itself and needs to raise its prices

The need for the fitness industry to increase the cost of memberships to drive revenues and increase perceptions of the value of facility-based exercise has been a message that emerged from…

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Nov 22, 2023 Nigel Benton Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness /


Kai Tak Sports Park advises of creation of 2,000 jobs

Management at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Sports Park have announced that they are planning to create around 2,000 jobs by the middle of 2025. Commencing in the coming six months, the venue…

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Nov 20, 2023 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Sport / Venues /


Dates secured for 2024 LIV Golf Adelaide as data shows $65 million input to local economy

Dates for the second LIV Golf Adelaide have been locked in for 2024 with the tournament to be held at the Golf Adelaide Grange Golf Club from 26th to 28th April next year. This week’s…

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Nov 18, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Golf / Tourism /


WTM Global Report shows tourists favouring new experiences over sun loungers

Research from World Travel Market London 2023, the world’s most influential tourism industry event, has revealed that more holidaymakers are abandoning their sun loungers in favour of…

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Nov 16, 2023 Nigel Benton Marketing / Recreation / Tourism /


Mulpha launches flagship Swing City golf entertainment venue

Swing City, a new generation, state-of-the-art golf and entertainment venue, has been opened in the Sydney suburb of Norwest - the first of a number of Swing City venues planned across…

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Nov 15, 2023 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Golf / Hospitality / Tourism /


NSW Government ends VenuesLive’s management of Sydney’s CommBank and Accor Stadiums

The NSW Government is to end the long term management of Sydney’s Accor and CommBank Stadiums by VenuesLive as of the beginning of next year, with the venues to be operated by its…

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Nov 10, 2023 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Government / Hospitality / Sport / Venues /


With no competing bids Saudi Arabia on course to host 2034 World Cup

Saudi Arabia looks set to be the host of the 2034 FIFA World Cup after the announcement yesterday from Football Australia - the only other country to have shown an interest in hosting the…

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Nov 1, 2023 Nigel Benton Events / Sport / Venues /

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Dan Stretch

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Anti Kajlich

Founder, Anti Wave Global

Former professional water polo player and 2017 FINA Masters 70+ champion goalie, Anti Kajlich founded Anti Wave in 1971.

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Anti Wave has filed for patents to protect a range of aquatic facility and water polo inventions with Anti continuing to work hard in reaching new countries and provide the best quality and value aquatic sports equipment around the world. 

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