In 1986/87, Dr Reiner Jaakson, a Professor of recreation, geography and tourism from the University of Toronto visited Cromwell. He was commissioned by the Ministry of Works and Development to access the opportunities Lake Dunstan had for the local community once created.
Dr Jaakson described the potential use of the lake, priorities and market potential to town could benefit from. He concluded Cromwell had a positive future for tourism and that we should not compete with Queenstown, but offer a different, more relaxed experience for the domestic market.
The paper summarises what activities the town should focused on, at which locations around the lake and what facilities should be built.