© University of the Aegean.The purpose of this study is to investigate the levels of the local people's tourism perception, depending on the present tourism potential in Pasinler and Erzurum. Also to investigate the ideas and suggestions of people about the necessities for tourism with an innovational approach in the district. In accordance with this aim, the public survey applied to a total of 400 people in 2015. The results show that the developing tourism activities will be able to increase the cultural activities in the region, the plateau tourism potential and thermal tourism of the region that focused on and more tourist can be entertained by means of making suitable investments concluded as a result of the public surveys. In addition, the local people explained that tourism development can change the value and faith conformation of the people of the region have and can cause a negative effect on the customs as well. It means, that economic impacts of tourism (F=8.285 and p < 0.05) and social impacts of tourism (F=9.762 and p < 0.05) show differences depending on the participants' profession. It was also observed that the cultural impacts of tourism (F=5.759 and p < 0.05) and environmental impacts of tourism (F=5.906 and p < 0.05) show differences depending on the participants' profession.