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(Above) Yosita working on the Customer Support Desk from Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok. (Below) The home page of the new Thai dating site:

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New international Thai dating site launched in Bangkok takes off, a worldwide Thai dating site, was officially launched on June 5th after 6 weeks of test service from Muang Thong Thani near Bangkok in Thailand . The Thai dating site already has 2,000 members.

‘We hope that this will be the first of a number of dating, social networking and entertainment sites that we are planning,' said Tony Fitzpatrick, Marketing Director of AtlanticThai Internet Co. Ltd., the Thai company that operates ‘We are very encouraged with this start, we already have over 2,000 members and that is ahead of our projections,' he said. incorporates the new worldwide telephone service Skype as one of it's communications facilities for Premium members of the site. This is in addition to a chat facility, e-mail and a range of social network facilities.

‘We are hoping to create a service that is not only an effective dating offering but also one that is fun and enjoyable to use,' says Joseph O' Connor, Operations Director of AtlanticThai who is working with a small team developing the site in Muang Thong Thani.

‘It will take us time, but our goal is to develop something new in internet dating that will capture the imagination of our market here in Thailand and worldwide.'

Key plans for the future include:

• An internet radio service which will be incorporated into the dating service in a series of steps.
•The recruitment of more Thai members with a full Thai language version aimed at the domestic Thai dating market.
• A range of new interactive facilities linked to a social networking area within the dating site.
• An steady increase in membership aiming for 15,000 to 20,000 members within 12 months.

‘Internet dating and social networking is a growing market but it is also a very competitive market,' says Joseph O' Connor. ‘It will take is time to come up with a full offering which we can get fully behind from a marketing point of view. This will take time., operated by AtlanticThai Internet Co. Ltd., currently employs 5 people at Offices near IMPACT, the leading exhibition centre in Muang Thong Thani working in customer service and programming.