Priceline Group spent a record US$1.147 billion on “performance advertising” in the three months to June 30, increasing its online ad spend across all brands by 24% over the previous corresponding period.

Is it coincidence then that Priceline’s net income for the quarter also rose by 24% to reach US$720 million? I think not.

Priceline’s travel websites including, and booked more than 170 million room nights and an estimated 85% of its gross profit was generated outside the company’s home market of the United States.

Total travel booking value rose 16% to US$20.8 billion.

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