Many of you have partied the night away or will be doing so soon at the famous Linekers Puerto Banus. But behind the scenes making sure that all the different bars and clubs of the Linekers Group in Puerto Banus continue to offer the very best entertainment is the lovely workaholic, Lina Hodgkins.
She IS the girl that makes everything happen at the Linekers Group in Puerto Banus so we caught up with Lina for a chat about her time in Marbella and her role at Linekers in Puerto Banus, Marbella. Make sure you follow Lina on Twitter @LinaHodgkins
Lina is now one of the stars of the much talked about reality TV show Life on Marbs and you can find out a little more about her in the interview I did a couple of years ago.
1 – What brought you to Marbella in the first place?
I used to come here a lot on holidays around 10 years ago, the first time in Puerto Banus I thought – yes this could be my new playground, I then decided to take 6 months off work in the UK and see what happens, I never went back!
2 – How did you meet Wayne and become involved in Linekers?
It was actually Wayne’s partner Beaux who I met first, he offered me a job at that time for just Linekers and Portside, looking after the PR teams and general marketing, it grew from there to where it is today, 8 years later.
3 – What is your role at Linekers?
I am the group Marketing Director for all of the venues which include, Linekers, TIBU, Portside, The Lounge, Babilonia, Premier Lap-Dance Lounge, Rotana and Infuschia restaurant, so it is my job to ensure that all the venues are busy, pre-booking anybody that is coming to Marbella for a holiday and making sure they have the best time. We have a great management team as each venue has its own manager who I work closely with.
I also deal with all the websites for each venue and I am heavily involved with the general day to day running of all the business´s, plus booking and working with promoters for TIBU.
4 – What is your most memorable moment from working at Linekers Group?
The night that will stay with me was when Spain won the world cup, was something that I don’t think I will ever experience again, you couldn’t move inside or outside the bars with Spanish, English, Dutch, French you name it every nationality came to Linekers group to watch it. When Spain won it was the most amazing atmosphere I have ever been part of.
5 – What was your most embarrassing moment?
To many to mention, I have been known to have one to many on many occasions!
6 – What is your ambition for Linekers?
To continue to grow and be the best brand in Puerto Banus and the most recognised brand in Europe, not just for Linekers but for the rest of the group as TIBU now has a huge following and it is only 3 years old in Marbella.
7 – If you could choose anyone, who would you most like to walk into Linekers?
George Clooney – without a doubt.
8 – Who was the most memorable celebrity to go to Linekers
This is difficult as we have had so many celebrities here, from soap stars, premiership footballers, reality stars, talk show hosts, one of the celebrities that made the biggest impact was Piers Morgan
9 – You live in Marbella but where do you like to go on holiday?
My family are in the UK, so any time off I have I always go back to England, plus I love the great British high street for shopping.
10 – You now write a column in a popular gossip mag in Marbella, how did this come about?
When I first started working in Puerto Banus before Linekers Group I worked on a magazine, the owners of that are the owners of HOT magazine, they approached me to write my own column which was a compliment and great fun to do.
11 – What is your favourite TV show?
I love I’m a celebrity get me out of here, I have to admit I am a bit of soap and reality TV addict.
12 – What is your favourite Film?
All of the God Father films – I am big fan of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, also I love Sex In the City films.
13 – What do you like to do on your days off?
I don’t have that many days off, but my Sunday sessions are legendary, so in the summer its beach bars, restaurants, copious amounts of wine, good friends and good times, they usually start around 2 in the afternoon and finish at least 12 hours later!
14 – You have built up a HUGE business with hen parties at Linekers. How many did you do last year and how many are booked already for this year.
This part of the business keeps on growing, they have such a great time that creates so much repeat business I have some groups that book year after year. Last year I booked nearly 20,000 people in to Linekers Group which was over 1,500 different groups.
2012 is going to be better as of today nearly 10,000 people have already booked., very stressful so good job that I am the most organised person I know!
15 – How can people contact you to book?
You can contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or the contact us pages on www.linekersgroup.com or www.tibubanus.com