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.

Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya awards contract for Middle East’s largest waterpark

Saudi Arabian giga project Qiddiya has awarded a US$750 million construction contract for what will be the largest waterpark in the Middle East featuring 22 rides and attractions across a…

read more

Feb 26, 2022 Nigel Benton Aquatics / Attractions / Tourism / Waterparks /


World Surf League announces three-year Australian events sponsorship with Coopers brewery

Australia’s largest independent family-owned brewery Coopers has become the official beer sponsor of World Surf League Australia under a new three-year deal announced today. The…

read more

Feb 21, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Marketing / Sport /


Victorian stadiums to be allowed 100% capacity for upcoming AFL Season

The AFL has released a statement advising that there will be 100% capacity at Victorian stadiums as of round one of its 2022 competition. Following the Victorian Government announcing the…

read more

Feb 18, 2022 Nigel Benton Safety / Sport / Venues /


Google introduces Things to do feature

In a development having major implications for attractions bookings as well as many types of ticket sales, the phasing out of its ‘Reserve with Google’ (RwG) function by search…

read more

Feb 14, 2022 Nigel Benton Attractions / Entertainment / Marketing / Technology / Tourism /


Australian Open 2022 scores with sponsorship and broadcast success

Tennis Australia has revealed that the 2022 Australian Open has generated its highest ever broadcast audience and one of its strongest ever commercial results. Ash Barty’s win in the…

read more

Feb 2, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Marketing / Sport / Venues /


IOC aims for 30% venue capacity at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic venues

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi has suggested that a scheme is set to be introduced that will allow spectators to attend the upcoming…

read more

Feb 1, 2022 Nigel Benton Events / Safety / Sport / Venues /


Full Tilt festival organiser says promoters have ‘zero confidence’ in governments after live industry’s ‘disgraceful’ treatment

Chris O’Brien, the promoter Chris O’Brien of the Full Tilt festival, has slammed Australia’s state governments as well as the Federal Government for a collective failure to…

read more

Jan 28, 2022 Nigel Benton Entertainment / Events / Government / Insurance / Venues /