Tampa Bay Business Journal: September 6, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why the BP oil spill claims process is getting more challenging, the new cruise ship coming to Tampa, and some of the new technology hotels are investing in.

BP contends too many bogus claims are being filed to receive money as part of the court-approved settlement agreement over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BP says the court-appointed claims administrator is misinterpreting the terms of the settlement. While the federal judge overseeing the settlement has so far refused to suspend claims payments, claims are now facing more scrutiny.

That could mean lengthy delays for Tampa Bay area companies who are seeking compensation due to lost business from the spill.

Royal Caribbean International is bringing a second cruise ship to the Port of Tampa in 2014. The Vision of the Seas will join RCI's Brilliance of the Seas.

With the arrival of the Vision of the Seas, Tampa will be the home port to six cruise ship. By 2015, the Port is projecting passenger traffic to exceed 1 million.

Hotels are going high-tech. From robots putting luggage away to sensors that adjust room temperatures to fingerprint-scanning payment systems, hotels are investing in technology that adds to the experience of their guests.

A local example can be found at the Airport Marriott which recently added tablets and app to aid in the check-in process.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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