Irishman and Thai wife at centre of Worldwide dating project
An Irishman and his Thai wife are due to be featured on Dutch television BNN at the end of the month on a programme that is syndicated worldwide from Holland.
Joseph O' Connor met his wife Pranee while visiting Thailand in 2005 while testing and researching a business idea to launch an international dating site based in Thailand. Officially launched in April 2007, today ThaiLoveLines is the largest dating site based in Thailand with nearly 200,000 members and is still growing rapidly.
The company which operates the site AtlanticThai Internet Co. Ltd gives employment to 10 people and also operates a popular internet radio station.
The company is currently preparing to launch further international dating sites for the Philippines, Asia and even a World dating site all based on the LoveLines theme. 'Were in no hurry really, we have a nice team here and we are enjoying what we are doing but we do hope to develop a better service that we can export into other markets,' says Joseph O' Connor who is Operations Director of the company. 'We still have not reached where we want to be. My partner and I set out six years to build an internet service aimed at people looking to find love all over the world and we're still on that mission.
A film crew for Dutch TV BNN visited Bangkok from Holland in July and the programme hosted by popular presenter Filemon explores the reason for the explosive growth in European men marrying Thai women.
'I love Joe, we live in Thailand and do everything together even fitness everyday,' said Nee in her interview with Dutch TV. The Dutch TV film crew were surprised to learn that Nee is the Financial Manager of the company or 'the big boss' in her husband's words.
Currently AtlanticThai is launching a recruitment drive for web talent in all areas including web designers, web marketing, database programming and translators. 'We're looking out for one or two good people to add to our small team here in Muang Thong Thani, we're looking for people who would enjoy working with a smaller team on an exciting project but at a relaxed pace,' says Joseph.
ThaiLoveLines is currently rolling out a new Social Networking facility featuring internet radio and personalised galleries and private photos. 'We are constantly innovating our service taking feedback from our users but also following a specific vision we have, it's going to take time but so far we're enjoying the ride.'