OFM Exhibitions’ Adventure Travel Expo is to partner with the ‘backpacker bible’ made up of TNT UK, TNT Downunder, Backpacker Trade News and TNT Travel Show media brands in an alliance that will initially come together for expos in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Adventure Travel Expo in November will be the first independent travel expo to partner with the UK youth travel brand in the past decade. The Sydney event on the weekend of 7 & 8 November 2015 and Melbourne in early 2016 will showcase the world’s adventure tour companies and destinations.

OFM Event Director, Tim Lewis, said, “The Adventure Travel Expo is the ideal platform for adventure travel companies to do business. This partnership with TNT offers a direct link between our core target audience in the UK and Australia’s tour operators. This is a significant win for our adventure tourism industry and for the expo series.”

Kevin Ellis, managing director of Startrack Media Ltd, which owns the global TNT brands, said, “I am delighted we have been able to agree a partnership with OFM, joining its events and our brands together in a revitalised Backpacker Industry Week.  

“We are working closely with OFM to develop some packages that will make access easier and more affordable for operators of all sizes.  We hope the partnership will be the start of bigger and better things and will allow both parties to innovate and introduce fresh ideas that will benefit the adventure travel industry and its customers.”

The forthcoming Expo dates are Sydney, 7-8 November 2015 and Melbourne, 12-13 March 2016.