Nigel Benton

About the author

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.

April Fools’ gags makes waves across the industry

1st April, April Fool’s Day, saw a range of jokes from across the industry test the gullibility of Australians and New Zealanders, with Auckland’s Eden Park setting the tone…

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Apr 2, 2022 Nigel Benton Attractions / Marketing / Sport / Venues / Zoos /


New South Australian Premier announces scrapping of Adelaide Arena project

Newly elected South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas has announced that his administration will scrap the previous the South Australian Government’s proposed new 15,000 capacity…

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Mar 29, 2022 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Finance / Government / Sport /


FINA strips Russian city of Kazan of 25-metre World Swimming Championships

Russia’s further isolation from the international sporting world following its invasion of Ukraine has seen world swimming governing body FINA strip the city of Kazan of its hosting…

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Mar 25, 2022 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Events / Government /


Citing ‘prolonged challenges’ of COVID, Evolution Wellness liquidates Fitness First’s Hong Kong operations

Fitness First is to close its eight clubs in Hong Kong, with liquidators appointed to wind up the business. With gyms in the administrative region having been closed since January following…

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Mar 17, 2022 Nigel Benton Billing / Finance / Fitness / Legal / Retail /


MotoGP set to welcome Indonesia’s largest post-COVID crowd

This weekend’s eagerly anticipated Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia MotoGP race, the first motorcycle grand prix staged in the country in 25 years, is set  first set to be the…

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Mar 16, 2022 Nigel Benton Sport / Venues /


Lismore fitness club owner Matt George inspires community’s post-flood recovery

The disastrous floods that impacted the Northern Rivers region of NSW at the end of February and beginning of March have seen Matt George, owner of Lismore’s Summit Health and Fitness,…

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Mar 14, 2022 Nigel Benton Environment / Fitness / Retail / Safety /


Is beer and surfing the right mix?

The World Surf League’s announcement that it has agreed a three-year sponsorship with Coopers Brewery for Australian events raised few eyebrows this week which is significant given that…

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Feb 27, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Marketing / Safety / Sport /