Qatar is a good bet for luxury travellers

Despite these austere times, there are still plenty of Aussies on the lookout for expensive and luxurious holiday destinations.

There are lots of options for tourists who want to take a break in a glamorous location, but the Middle East is perhaps the standout area.

The region has expanded considerably in the past few decades and a plethora of five-star hotels have been built in places like Qatar.

Although Doha is a playground for the rich and famous these days, Aussies can still get some excellent exchange rates when loading up their prepaid travel cards. At the moment, one dollar will get you more than 3.5 Qatari riyal.

The Qatar Tourism Authority has confirmed that the area is becoming more and more popular.

Average hotel occupancy rates in the first quarter of 2012 reached 64 per cent and there are now 112 luxury accommodation options in the country.

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