BOSTON, MA (September 12, 2013) - The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) announced today the election of John Payne, Caesars Entertainment's President for Central Markets and Partnership Development, to a three-year term on its Board of Directors.

Payne is one of the company's two presidents, and oversees properties in eight states as well as ongoing partnership activities. He leads Caesars' efforts to develop and operate a casino resort at Suffolk Downs. He joined the company in 1995.
"John's appointment will provide the Boston visitor industry and our 1,200 member companies the benefit of his senior level sales, marketing and promotional experiences and knowledge," said David Giblin, Chair of the GBCVB Board of Directors and Vice President Sales, Marriott Hotels. "We are indeed fortunate to have him serving on our Board and assisting our members,"

Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Bureau added: "John's experience as a Board member of the New Orleans CVB and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation will surely pay big dividends for our region's visitor economy as he helps us drive new business, new jobs and more visitors to our city and the Boston region. John developed the model for integrated city casinos in New Orleans, where the company partners with local hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions. Caesars and Suffolk Downs' desire to replicate this model in Boston will mean new joint marketing opportunities for our members and new business for our city."

Payne is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a Board member of the Audubon Institute, the Drew Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village.

"I am thrilled to be joining such an active Visitors & Convention Bureau in one of the world's most vibrant cities," Payne said. "Boston's rich history, culture and attractions make it one of the world's great destinations - and are the elements that have attracted us to this market. I am very proud of our track record of integrating local businesses into our programming, and we are committed to developing a resort that enhances the region's appeal and benefits existing businesses and attractions if we are fortunate enough to earn a license here."

About Caesars Entertainment
Worldwide gaming hotel and resort company focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, operational excellence and technology leadership.

About Suffolk Downs
New England's premier thoroughbred racetrack, founded in 1935. Live thoroughbred racing from May to November. Home of the historic Massachusetts Handicap, held in September. Offers a variety of dining options and can host groups of up to 400. On the MBTA Blue line.

About the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB)
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the primary private sector marketing and visitor service organization charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business to enhance the economy of Boston, Cambridge and the greater metropolitan area. For more information on what to do, where to stay, and what to see when visiting Boston, call 1-888-SEE-BOSTON, or visit