Hong Kong has been beaten by Singapore for the title of Asia's top city for business and tourism in a regional survey released yesterday. The SAR, which sells itself as Asia's 'world city', came second to Singapore in most categories according to a survey by Time magazine. The Lion City topped Hong Kong as the best business city in Asia. It was also considered to have a better airport and a preferable airline. Hong Kong ranked fourth in the category of favourite holiday destinations behind Bali, Singapore and Phuket, according to 2,600 respondents from a dozen Asian countries. Seventy-six per cent of respondents said Changi airport in Singapore was the finest in Asia. Only 57 per cent picked Chek Lap Kok. More than 60 per cent of travellers would prefer to fly on Singapore Airlines, whereas dispute-plagued Cathay Pacific came second with 42 per cent choosing it. A Hong Kong Tourism Board spokeswoman said yesterday Hong Kong was still the cream of Asian cities. 'Singapore airport is rated higher than Chek Lap Kok, but Chek Lap Kok has 10 million more passengers travelling through it. Hong Kong also has five million more visitors a year than Singapore,' she said. She said it was impossible to decide which city was best on a single survey, but conceded Hong Kong needed to make some improvements, especially in the area of service quality. 'We hope to see Hong Kong people relate to visitors on a more personal level,' she said.