Local consulting/research firms can reach the grass-root level of problems currently faced by various stakeholders in the tourism industry due to the local presence and can reach nook and corner to gather relevant information/data points rather than depending upon the broadly published reports. Important being paying careful attention to problems faced by local business and incentives required by them and favorable terms for employability of Goan youth etc. Also other stakeholders such as tourists, eg MARC has also analyzed the reasons behind the dwindling tourist numbers such as lack of infrastructure, taxi mafia nexus, lack of adequate public transport and development of cheaper tourist destination in Southeast Asia, etc
Benefit of local consultant, is that, since they have evolved and developed in the state itself, they have better knowledge of microenvironmental factors such as the bureaucracy, rules and regulations, norms applicable to various stakeholders sectors which can lead to better policy decision rather than plaguing the policy with circumventing loopholes and deadlocks in the future.
The government does not recognize the databases that have been built by local research consultants towards various parameters such as consumer behavior, supply chain, demand-supply expectation mismatch. Eg. MARC having executed various hospitability/tourism-related feasibility studies across Goa has the latest database of tourism-related supply and demand data points, an imbalance between the geographical spread of tourism assets and tourism development, etc which can be leveraged to churn out faster policy decisions and provide timely measures rather than duplicating the entire process by MNC’s.
Local consultants have a sense of belongingness towards the policy recommendations as being a Goan firm, these consultants are bound by certain ethical standard towards the state such as paying attention to the ecology of the state and effects/pressures on the same by industrial development, crime associated etc as opposed to lack of ownership on part of MNC’s
MNC consultants due to lack of ground presence, often rely on Government published statistics and frame policies based on the same. Locally present research consultants can use their proprietary research can churn out independent and non-biased information/data/statistics which may provide additional insights and counter views to the opinions in public domain and help addressing the pain points otherwise would have been ignored.
Local research consultants often empaneled or members on the State Chapters of various trade associations such as GCCI, CII, GMA etc have access to industry sentiments and opinions on various issues, this help to identify the relevant bottlenecks for the investment in the sector/industry and can be mitigated in the policy measures and promote PPP
Another benefit of a local consultant, the govt does not have to pay the high ticket sizes often paid to Multinational consultants purely on the basis of a brand name. These MNC’s do not have a presence in Goa and rely on third-party/subcontracting for their research affecting the quality of the product.
Finally, hiring the local consulting firm provide impetus to the segment and help to develop the skill sets of the locally employed youth creating sustainable mindsets