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Tivoli inspires debate

Tivoli is a strong brand both in Denmark and abroad. Strong brands awaken strong feelings, and strong feelings need venting. This inspires debate.

Tivoli is happy to take part in the debate, when it is relevant and as long as we have a new viewpoint to contribute; we cannot, however, reply individually when the debate spreads itself across many media, social media, blogs, etc.

We have created this page in order to share our responses as widely as possible. Here, you can find regularly updated responses to those debates that arise concerning Tivoli.
  1. Nursing at Tivoli

    Tivoli is for everyone, including nursing women; of this there is no doubt. Out of special consideration for our nursing guests, we have created the Family Amenity Centre ('Puslehuset'), furnished with nursing chairs and room for any sisters or brothers, as well. It's also okay to breastfeed a baby on a bench in Tivoli, by and large.

    At the end of October 2012, a debate was started in the Danish media about breastfeeding in public places. The debate arose after an episode at a public house in Tivoli.

    Breastfeeding in public places splits opinions. Many believe it to be completely natural; others become uncomfortable and upset by it, and it is Tivoli's opinion that we should try to accommodate both viewpoints.

    It is up to the individual restaurants in Tivoli to make their own guidelines based upon what is most appropriate for their audience and concept. At the pub in question, which is primarily a licensed bar for those without children, experiences have occurred of guests leaving because of nursing on the premises.

    We would like to apologise to the nursing mother for any unpleasantness she may have suffered, and are doing our utmost to avoid similar misunderstandings in the future.

  2. Partnership with Kopenhagen Fur

    Tivoli renews partnership with Kopenhagen Fur

    Tivoli has renewed the collaboration agreement with Kopenhagen Fur, who will sponsor The Pantomime Theatre for the next three years. Kopenhagen Fur is an important – and completely legitimate - Danish business enterprise with export earnings of more than DKK 8.1 billion in 2013-14. 6,000 people are directly engaged in the breeding of mink in Denmark, and, in addition, the derived economic effects of the fur production create jobs for thousands of people in the private and public sectors alike.

    Furthermore, Kopenhagen Fur is often used as a spearhead in Denmark's international trade promotion campaigns, e.g. when Danish ministers travel abroad. At the same time, the fur industry is one of the most innovative forces in Danish fashion and design – and the industry works closely with Dansk Fashion and Textile as well as the jewellery industry and the City of Copenhagen on the establishment of an innovation centre.

    We have therefore entered into an agreement with a large and highly rated Danish company: an agreement that will enable us to further develop Christmas in Tivoli.

    Animal welfare

    We are confident – and have received documentation, including papers from the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, that Kopenhagen Fur, in its capacity as the largest fur auction house in the world, is collaborating closely with its farm owners, working within the law, and acting responsibly in relation to the ethical questions that regularly arise in connection with the activities of the auction house. If we believed otherwise, we would not have entered into the agreement.
    But we do realise that fur production is a highly emotional issue involving many different views. There are both opponents and advocates, and the debate would go on with or without this partnership, just like a number of other industries in Denmark which may be the subject of debate.

    There is no documented evidence, according to the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, that the welfare of animals bred for mink production in Denmark is any worse than animal welfare levels elsewhere. According to the most recent control results from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, the mink industry is performing just as well or better than other comparable industries. You can read more on the subject in this article on the Ministry's website.

    Here, then Minister Mette Gjerskov is quoted as saying:
    ””The mink industry has been the subject of much interest and debate in recent years, but it is good to see that they have learned from their mistakes. Even though there is still room for improvement, it seems that the high level of attention and control pressure has worked”."

    In our collaboration with Kopenhagen Fur, we will support this positive trend and keep up the pressure to continue in the right direction.

    ”Danish mink regulations provide good animal welfare”

    Researchers from Aarhus University have also studied this area, and have concluded that the Danish mink regulations provide for good animal welfare.
    Their assessments are based on a series of studies conducted over a number of years. You can read more about the research and its conclusions here.

    Questions?

    If you have any further questions, or if you would like to discuss fur production and use in Denmark, please visit www.pelsforum.dk or if you have comments for Tivoli, you can email them to comments@tivoli.dk.

  3. Smoking in Tivoli

    On 27 August 2012, an article about smoking in Tivoli was published in the free daily newspaper 24 Timer. The article was based on the Danish Cancer Society's call for Tivoli to make the Gardens a smoke-free area with smoking restricted to designated smoking areas.

    In this matter, we take the view that Tivoli should always comply with current legislation, and we always do. We constantly monitor whether our guidelines need to be changed, and any comments, including the one from the Danish Cancer Society, are included in the on-going evaluation of the rules.

    According to the rules on smoking in Tivoli, smoking in queue areas or while going on a ride is not permitted, nor is smoking indoors. Such areas are signposted with "no smoking" signs and the Tivoli staff take an active role in enforcing the rules. The information above is taken from the Tivoli Park regulations.

    In terms of queue areas, the rules are actually a little tougher than those required by law. The reason is that visitors cannot choose to leave a queue to avoid smoke the way they can in other outdoor areas.

    Tivoli's playground, Rasmus Klump's World, is a smoke free zone, in the interests of the children playing.

    Special smoking rooms have been fitted in Tivoli's gaming halls.

    Tivoli's uniformed staff are only allowed to smoke in areas specifically provided for this purpose and away from the public areas. Stop smoking courses are regularly offered to all employees.