Taking Travelers' Allergies Seriously Travelers with allergies know it's no laughing matter to find pollen-laden air or feather pillows on the hotel room bed at midnight. At last, major hotel groups are paying attention to these health concerns. Hyatt has completed a program to provide each of its 125 full-service North American hotels with the option of hypoallergenic guest-rooms, making them the first chain to offer these across its properties. Using a six-step cleaning procedure, Hyatt sanitizes the rooms by forcing naturally disinfectant tea tree oil through the ventilation system, followed by a blast of ozone. A medical-grade air purification system eliminates 98 percent of pollen, airborne viruses and bacteria. If windows are opened, within an hour the ventilation system will filter out irritants. The added cost of one of Hyatt's hypoallergenic guestrooms is between $20 and $30 a night. Visit www.hyatt.com.
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Tony Pierce’s plans to become an architect took a sharp turn in a different direction when he caught sight of a bevy of young women enrolling in a catering course. He weighed the odds — 16 women and seven men in the class — and decided to take a chance. The class turned out to be an opportunity in more ways than one, the first of many off-the-cuff choices that led to Pierce’s ranking as one of Scotland’s top chefs.