Organized by the World Toilet Organization, the World Toilet Summit & Expo (WTSE) will be held November 4-6 in Macau at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. The 2008 WTSE will commemorate the International Year of Sanitation as declared by the United Nations, which hopes to bring attention to the fact that 40% of the world’s population has no access to personal sanitation.

The purpose of the WTSE is to provide a platform for solving sanitation issues for the masses, both in the urban and rural areas. This year’s event will focus on the lack of funding for sanitation projects worldwide, as well as providing information and resources for businesses to leverage the huge revenue potentials that exist in the virtually untapped sanitation market of four billion people and beyond.

In addition, the International Code Council’s Plumbing, Mechanical & Fuel Gas Group is sponsoring an education track and the ICC USA pavilion throughout the event. The first WTSE took place in 2001 in Singapore. Since then, the summit has been held in Korea, Taiwan, China, Ireland, Russia and India.